Friday, April 17, 2009

Ty Unnos - one night shedlike atmosphere

Coed Cymru is a Welsh campaigning charity which raises awareness of native woodlands, particularly among the farming community. Among their many projects is the Ty Unnos (trans: 'house in a night') scheme, an affordable wood-frame starter house design inspired by a supposed Welsh tradition that if you could build a four-walled structure with a smoking chimney between sunset and sunrise then you could keep it and the land (photo above courtesy BBC). The design - which comes from The School of Architecture at Cardiff University with all spruce timber from Oswestry-based Elements Europe - will be on show at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC in June.

Below is an example of Coed Cymru' work, a rural studio in Tregynon, used as a showcase for Welsh timber products and projects developed by Coed Cymru and its project partners.

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