Robin's Hut, Kielder Water, by Studio Weave
Robin’s Hut, north bank, Kielder Water, by Studio Weave
Je Ahn and Maria Smith of Studio Weave, like many visitors to Kielder Water and Forest Park, were struck by the man-made nature of the site. For their two shelters on the north and south banks of the lake they ran with an idea of the area as stage set, on which they could tell a story of the practice’s own creation: about imagined lovers Freya and Robin and the structures they leave behind.
Robin’s Hut is on a small escarpment on the north bank of Kielder Water, on the edge of the woodland among fir trees and rocks. The story goes that Robin wanted to live by the woods in which he loved to climb trees. The hut - in keeping with Hansel and Gretel gender stereotypes - is sparse, simple and plain. It’s a timber-framed, pitched-roof structure, clad in cedar shingles and positioned to look straight out over the water. From this vantage point, Freya’s Cabin (see opposite) can be seen on the other side of the lake, about a mile away. Knowing the story, it would take a cold heart not to be touched as you first glimpse Freya’s Cabin.
The hut was built by local fabricator Gavin Tremble and it’s a great exercise in modest, high-quality craftsmanship.