Miners Legend

How About Studio ltd, Tywyn, 2017


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Mobile timber cabin inspired by coal mining craft and experiences incorporating sleeping area and toilet facilities

The Miners Legend is a small cabin built for Wales and inspired by lost experiences and redundant structures of the recently closed coal mining industry that still exist within the Welsh landscape.

Elements of the design were developed in conversation with ex-miners at the Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon - where we worked with their resident blacksmith to create some traditional mining metalwork.

The materials used throughout the cabin balance its industrial references against the creation of a modern contemporary cabin experience for guests
The interior references the coal face and shuttering used below ground in the mines, with angular black tunnels concealing habitable pockets clad with rough-sawn Douglas Fir cladding.

The design of the cabin exterior is a collage of Welsh mining structures, colours and materials - softened by the use of stained timber cladding.
his skin is punctuated with large openings to give views of the surrounding Welsh landscape.


  • Begun: Mar 2017
  • Completed: May 2017
  • Floor area: 17m2
  • Sectors: Hotel, Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £12,500
  • Funding: Private Company
  • Tender date: Jan 2017
  • Procurement: Self Build
  • Address: Castell Y Bere, Llanfihangel-y-pennant,, Tywyn, LL36 9TS, United Kingdom

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