WG+P Architects (Waind Gohil + Potter) in collaboration with Webb Yates Structural Engineers, have won a design competition with their new glamping cabin, the Sky Hut, inspired by traditional Welsh myths and stargazing.
The firm’s winning entry is timber clad with a retractable roof so campers can gaze out into the Welsh night sky, thanks to a simple geared cable system borrowed from sailing technology.
With the doors open, the Sky Hut can be configured as an observatory. Upon the turn of a crank handle, it quickly closes again forming a retreat, with eye level glazing giving 360° views.
The Sky Hut is made using Welsh sourced timber structure insulated with unprocessed sheep’s wool, while sinusoidal metal sheet cladding acknowledges Wales’ role in industry. All materials are carefully detailed and chosen for their durability and economy.
The competition was staged by Epic Retreats, a partnership between Best of Wales, Cambria Tours and George + Tomos Architects and partially funded by the Welsh Government’s Tourism Product Innovation Fund.