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Freya's Cabin, Kielder Water, by Studio Weave

The first of Studio Weave’s two structures, Robin’s Hut is on the north bank of Kielder Water. Using the site as inspiration, they imagined a story of two lovers, Robin and Freya, and the shelters they might have used.

If Robin’s Hut is the woodsman of Studio Weave’s fairytale, Freya’s Cabin is the princess - all decoration and frivolity. According to the practice, its location on the south bank of Kielder Water is in keeping with Freya’s imagined personality;Freya is outward-looking,and enjoys long roams about the place, so the site is open,with long, bright views.

A keen flower collector, Freya - named after the Norse goddess of love, beauty and fertility - has a cabin that is constructed like a giant flower press. Though exactly the same scale and shape as Robin’s Hut, Freya’s Cabin is made from 150 sections of individually cut plywood, which form a rich trellis of timber foliage when pushed together. The fanciful story of the two lovers belies the technical challenges faced by the architect and main contractor Millimetre - the timber sections are in compression, but have to withstand a collective expansion of up to 150mm. To combat this, they sit on Teflon ‘runners’ that allow a degree of flexibility. The roof is clad in Luvata Nordic Gold, a copper aluminium alloy that reflects brightly, the sunlight winking to Freya’s lover across the water.

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