News: 19 May 2017'Little Dragon' features in Channel 4 series

Our Architects featured on the first episode of Channel 4’s ‘Cabins in the Wild’ this weekend, showcasing their creation for a competition to design unique cabins themed on the mythology, tradition and beauty of Wales.

Tom Macklen and Will Thomas, from our Bristol Architecture team, were amongst the winners of a competition, held by Legendary Glamping Wales, for a series of portable ‘hotel rooms’ which have been built and transported to scenic locations across Wales.

Our design, ‘Little Dragon’ is a vertical structure and consists of two main elements: the main cylindrical timber framed pod and the steel legs structure which fix the pod firmly and securely to the ground. The design gets its inspiration from a number of Welsh influences including it's industrial form, dragon-like scales and smoking chimney.

In the four-part television series, engineer Dick Strawbridge and master craftsman Will Hardie charts the build of these cabins and follows eight teams from across the UK who have been part of the competition. The first episode saw a battle of dragons, following our own Little Dragon alongside The Dragon's Eye, created by Carpenter Carwyn Jones.

Tom Macklen, Architectural Associate, said:

“It’s fantastic to see national coverage of this initiative, which showcases not only Wales’ beauty, but the power of individualistic and creative architecture to create something unique for visitors. We were very proud to have been one of the winners and it’s been great to see our vision come to life.”   

The first episode of ‘Cabins in the Wild’ was aired on Channel 4 on Sunday 21st May at 8pm. Click below to watch the episode in full!

The programme has also been featured in Architects Journal.


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