Secluded wilderness cabins offer a fantastic view of the Cornish landscape

New British Design’s latest installation is the occupation of four unique wilderness cabins – or ‘Kudhva’ – in a disused slate quarry on Britain’s North Cornwall coast.

Kudhva Wilderness Cabins 9 - Secluded wilderness cabins offer a fantastic view of the Cornish landscape The cabins, design by Ben Huggins are intended to be the first phase of a wider masterplan for the site offering the public the chance to experience temporary small scale experimental architecture. Huggins’ worked with client and long-term collaborator Louise Middleton on the project brief before developing the first four prototype cabins.

Kudhva Wilderness Cabins 2 - Secluded wilderness cabins offer a fantastic view of the Cornish landscape The word ‘Kudhva’ come from the Cornish for ‘hideout’ and was the touchstone for developing the brief for these secluded retreats. The cabins are intended to offer a unique perspective on the Cornish landscape from their elevated position amongst the trees.

Kudhva Wilderness Cabins 8 - Secluded wilderness cabins offer a fantastic view of the Cornish landscape Built by boat builder turned furniture maker Toby Sharp with a small team of master craftsmen in a nearby workshop, the cabins were then assembled and transported to site before being craned onto their cradle bases.

Kudhva Wilderness Cabins 4 - Secluded wilderness cabins offer a fantastic view of the Cornish landscape The cabins are constructed from structural, insulated paged-pine panels with an EDPM rubber membrane covering.

Kudhva Wilderness Cabins 7 - Secluded wilderness cabins offer a fantastic view of the Cornish landscape A larch-slatted skin covers the cabin that is elevated above the ground on turned pine poles. Galvanised steel is used for all railings, ladders, frame jointing and ground connections, providing both ease of assembly and extended life span of all timber elements.

Kudhva Wilderness Cabins 10 - Secluded wilderness cabins offer a fantastic view of the Cornish landscape The project is now open to the public with the cabins available to rent. The site also hosts a temporary scaffolding reception building offering a canteen as well as toilets and showers.

Kudhva Wilderness Cabins 6 - Secluded wilderness cabins offer a fantastic view of the Cornish landscape Further projects are planned for next spring and talks have already begun with other similarly interested agencies with regard to future collaborations exploring new shelter typologies and other architectural interventions for the quarry site.

Kudhva Wilderness Cabins 5 - Secluded wilderness cabins offer a fantastic view of the Cornish landscape Photo: George Fielding/Roy Riley