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Jonathan Lees submits Welsh eco-cabins for planning

Emerging ‘progressive traditional’ practice Jonathan Lees Architects (JLA) has drawn up plans for four log cabins and six eco-pods in rural Powys, Wales

The chalets and eco-pods will be used for tourists attending courses at a workshop teaching traditional oak and timber framing techniques, housed in a building at the centre of the woodland site.

According to the practice, the cabins will sit on stilts on the steeply sloping site to minimise their impact and to provide views over the landscape.

Douglas fir and redwood timber from the woodland will be felled for the structural frame of the cabins. The offcuts of timber will also provide fuel for the cabins and the workshops with district heating through wood chip boilers providing heat to the buildings on the site. 

Solar panels will be incorporated into the reclaimed Welsh slate roofs, providing additional heat for the cabins.   

The eco-pods have been designed to use off cuts of timber to form the modules making up the pods and also for their cladding.

The site will be landscaped, thinning out the forest and replacing trees with indigenous oak, ash, birch and rowan trees. Meadows will also be introduced to create wildlife havens and encourage bats to the site.