A Design Competition Unveils a Pop-Up Hotel Concept That’s Soon to Hit the Welsh Countryside

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By Paige Alexus / Published by Dwell
Beginning in the spring of 2017, a series of eight pop-up hotel cabins will emerge in three secret locations throughout the Welsh countryside.

The winning designs hail from a competition that invited architects from all over the world to submit compact designs inspired by Wale’s legends and its rich history. Epic Retreats hosted the competition at the end of 2016 in order for the campaign to coincide with Wales’ 2017 Year of the Legends—a year-long tribute to the nation’s ancient myths. With only 200 spots available, visitors can book a three-night weekend or a four-night midweek experience through Epic Retreats, which will include experiences that are inspired by the location—from beer tasting and Welsh meals prepared by expert chefs, to sea fishing and traditional performances. 

A Design Competition Unveils a Pop-Up Hotel Concept That’s Soon to Hit the Welsh Countryside - Photo 1 of 8 - Shown here is the interior of Arthur's Cave, one of the winning designs that's also shown in the image above. The concept was designed by Miller Kendrick Architects. 

Shown here is the interior of Arthur's Cave, one of the winning designs that's also shown in the image above. The concept was designed by Miller Kendrick Architects. 

Though there are eight total winning designs, we’re specially highlighting "Arthur's Cave," which was created by Miller Kendrick Architects Ltd. Inspired by the legend of King Arthur, the London-based firm created what they imagined as a cave where he and his knights could take shelter while traveling. Though the design team utilized modern construction elements, they also referenced to ancient Welsh techniques, caves, monoliths, and cromlechs.  

The structure and envelope is made with a hybrid of CNC-cut plywood sandwich panels that will be glued together and braced by a series of birch-faced ply portal ribs. To ensure warmth for visitors, the interior will be lined with slate off-cuts and insulated with locally-sourced sheep’s wool. 

Take a look below at the remaining winning designs.

A Design Competition Unveils a Pop-Up Hotel Concept That’s Soon to Hit the Welsh Countryside - Photo 2 of 8 - Barton Willmore's Little Dragon

Barton Willmore's Little Dragon

A Design Competition Unveils a Pop-Up Hotel Concept That’s Soon to Hit the Welsh Countryside - Photo 3 of 8 - Waind Gohil + Potter's SKYHUT

Waind Gohil + Potter's SKYHUT

A Design Competition Unveils a Pop-Up Hotel Concept That’s Soon to Hit the Welsh Countryside - Photo 4 of 8 - TRIAS' Slate Cabin

TRIAS' Slate Cabin

A Design Competition Unveils a Pop-Up Hotel Concept That’s Soon to Hit the Welsh Countryside - Photo 5 of 8 - Rural Office for Architecture's Black Hat

Rural Office for Architecture's Black Hat

A Design Competition Unveils a Pop-Up Hotel Concept That’s Soon to Hit the Welsh Countryside - Photo 6 of 8 - How About Studio's Miners Hut

How About Studio's Miners Hut

A Design Competition Unveils a Pop-Up Hotel Concept That’s Soon to Hit the Welsh Countryside - Photo 7 of 8 - Francis and Arnett's  Cabin in the Woods

Francis and Arnett's  Cabin in the Woods

A Design Competition Unveils a Pop-Up Hotel Concept That’s Soon to Hit the Welsh Countryside - Photo 8 of 8 - Timber Design Wales' Dragons Eye

Timber Design Wales' Dragons Eye

The spots will surely go fast, so make sure to sign up with Epic Retreats in order to find out how you can book a stay.  You can also sign up to receive news of the adventure on their Facebook page.

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