Tregynon Rural Studio

Tregynon, Powys - Winter 2010

Client: Coed Cymru

Design consultant: Rob Thomas

Main contractor: Rob Thomas

Manufacturer: Kenton Jones

The Tregynon Rural Studio is the conclusive prototype study in the development of the Tŷ Unnos construction system using home grown Sitka spruce. Based on the rural site of the Old Sawmill, Tregynon, the small studio is constructed by hand using limited manufacturing and construction skills, and the machinery and facilities of a standard prototyping workshop.

The small demountable studio unit draws on the simple vernacular form of the Welsh croglofft cottage to provide a sustainable autonomous live/work space. The cedar shingle clad pitched roof form is made up of three structural bays distinguishing three functional areas; a serviced bay houses a composting toilet and kitchen area accommodated below a mezzanine sleeping deck, an entrance deck opens into a small living area with wood fired stove providing the heat demand required by the highly insulated building, and a flexible work area looks out through desk height windows to the surrounding landscape.

Welsh timber source

Sitka spruce: Pontrilas Timber

Tregynon, Powys - Winter 2010

Client: Coed Cymru

Design consultant: Rob Thomas

Main contractor: Rob Thomas

Manufacturer: Kenton Jones