SkyHut

Waind Gohil + Potter Architects , Wales, 2017

 

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SkyHut 

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WG+P’s Skyhut is a unique glamping hut and observatory designed to celebrate the Welsh ‘Year of Legends’.

WG+P’s Skyhut is a unique glamping hut and observatory designed to celebrate the Welsh ‘Year of Legends’. Wales has the greatest proportion of protected sky designated as ‘International Dark Sky’, making it an outstanding place to experience changing forms in the heavens at night as well as dramatic sunsets and changing skyscapes.

The Skyhut takes inspiration from the myth of the lofty Welsh mountain, Cadair Idris, where legend states that travellers sleeping out under the night sky awaken as madmen or poets.

The tradition of sleeping out under the night sky is manifested in the roof that opens fully at the touch of a button. Battery/solar powered actuators push each leaf of the roof up and with the doors open too, the Skyhut can be configured as a glamping-observatory. Should the weather turn, the roof can quickly close forming a cosy retreat. With roof and doors shut, visitors are offered 360 degree views across the landscape through clerestory glazing.

The metal sheet cladding has a matte black finish; with the doors and roof open, they form a single homogenous surface, sitting stealth-like in the darkness awaiting cosmic activity or simply offering an intimate setting for un-distracted contemplation.

Bespoke laser cut brackets and hinges were needed to allow the correct swing and pivot of the moving parts. Materials were chosen for their economy but, crucially, durability in order for the cabin to endure all manner of Welsh weather.

The Skyhut is an example of clever design and craftsmanship, not only good to look at but a truly practical small project too.

Data

  • Begun: Mar 2017
  • Completed: Apr 2017
  • Floor area: 9m2
  • Sectors: Sports and leisure, Hotel
  • Total cost: £30,000
  • Funding: Epic Retreats / Welsh Tourist Board
  • Tender date: Dec 2016
  • Procurement: Bespoke Agreement based on lump sum procurement
  • Address: Off-grid / Mobile cabin, Wales, Wales, United Kingdom

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