Passage of Time

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By Paige Alexus / Published by Dwell
A Welsh design competition yields pop-up hotel concepts that celebrate a rich history of folklore.

A series of eight pop-up cabins will appear from June to mid-September in three locations in the Welsh countryside: West Wales, the coast of the Llŷn Peninsula, and the foothills of Cadair Idris mountain in Southern Snowdonia.

Passage of Time - Photo 1 of 3 - SKYHUT by Waind Gohil + Potter has a roof that opens to the stars—a nod to Cadair Idris, where legend has it that travelers sleeping outside would awaken as poets or madmen. 

SKYHUT by Waind Gohil + Potter has a roof that opens to the stars—a nod to Cadair Idris, where legend has it that travelers sleeping outside would awaken as poets or madmen. 

 The result of an architecture competition that highlighted the country’s cultural legacy, the eight winning designs were chosen from dozens of proposals of compact structures that nod to area legend and history. While many of the submissions incorporated modern construction elements, each was inspired by ancient forms of Welsh shelter and was designed to fit seamlessly into the environment for one month. 

Passage of Time - Photo 2 of 3 - The Slate Cabin by TRIAS utilizes a local material

The Slate Cabin by TRIAS utilizes a local material

Fewer than 200 spots are available for stays of three to seven nights. Depending on location, the experience will include meals prepared by local chefs, deep-sea fishing, beer tastings, and live performances.

Passage of Time - Photo 3 of 3 - Arthur’s Cave, by Miller Kendrick Architects, references King Arthur and will be insulated with locally sourced sheep’s wool.

Arthur’s Cave, by Miller Kendrick Architects, references King Arthur and will be insulated with locally sourced sheep’s wool.