The project has been designed for a private developer who wants to develop holiday accommodation in remote sites. The prefabricated zero-carbon lodges are clad in large hinged timber panels, which, when closed provide protection during transportation to site and out of season, and when open provide solar shading and external decking.
Each cabin has been designed to be self-sufficient, with solar thermal pipework integral in the floor and roof build up to provide cooling in the day and warmth at night, and directionable solar panels. A site has been found in the Spanish Pyrenees at Besalu, near Girona. It is planned that six lodges will be located in the sloping grounds of an existing semi-derelict farmhouse, which will be renovated and converted to house a restaurant and hotel facilities.
Client: Amber Galloway
Status: scheme design
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