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3DReid's Kevin Langan completes tenth 'wild hut' in Glasgow

One man’s personal challenge to build and spend the night in 100 ‘wild huts’ across the UK

Describing his 100 Wild Huts project, 3DReid’s Kevin Langan says ‘I want to feel afraid; I want to abandon the sanitised sterility of urban life and find a true type of contentment down amongst the moss and mud.’

Langan has set himself the personal challenge of building 100 small survival shelters. These shelters will be built on any land with enough natural resources to build, exploring different materials and methods of providing shelter. He intends to sleep in each shelter for one night, blogging about his experience.

Kevin says the project allows him to ‘have a connection with the natural world which is becoming increasingly lost in our urban areas and indeed wider modern life. It gives me time to explore forgotten spaces in a unique way and understand the inherent resource of natural materials which they have to offer’.

Since January of this year, Kevin has already completed 10 shelters. For more information and to track Kevin’s progress, see his blog, here. 

Wild Hut 1

Wild Hut 1

Location: Glasgow, Scotland

This first hut located on redundant land to the north of Glasgow’s Festival Park, utilised reeds bound to a frame to create a weatherproof shelter.

 

Wild Hut 2

Wild Hut 2

Location: Graving Docks, by Ibrox, Glasgow

Built almost opposite Zaha Hadid’s Glasgow Transport Museum, this hut used stones to create a rectilinear base, above which a timber framed was positioned creating the roof.

 

Wild Hut 3

Wild Hut 3

Location: Festival Park, Pacific Quay, Glasgow

The site for this hut had an abundance of recently felled trees, so these were used to create a simple lean-to construction with a sleeping platform.   

 

Wild Hut 4

Wild Hut 4

Location: Clydeside, Glasgow

This hut was based on a prehistoric roundhouse. The shelter was about 2.5m in diameter, and used stones found on the site to form a base, off which a timber frame was used to create a roof structure.

 

Wild Hut 5

Wild Hut 5

Location: Kinning Park, Glasgow

This shelter is based on the form of a garden swing chair, formed from an A frame structure at each end of the  frame with a bed platform and a roof canopy stretched between.  

Wild Hut 5

 

Wild Hut 6

Wild Hut 6

Location: M8 Motorway, Glasgow 

A simple concept, using a braced tripod shape, this hut forms a shelter raised from the ground. Grass was bound together to form tiles which were then laid over the frame to create a roof.

Wild Hut 6

 

Wild Hut 7

Wild Hut 7

Location: Mugdock Woods, North Glasgow

Formed in a similar way to a tepee, this shelter utilised 2.5m long branches to create a shelter large enough to house five people.

 

Wild Hut 8

Wild Hut 8

Location: Mavis Valley, Wilderness Plantation, Bishopbriggs

This hut used branches to form a structural frame. Modular panels made from branches and foliage created a waterproof roof.

Wild Hut 8

 

Wild Hut 9

Wild Hut 9

Location: Pacific Quay, Govan, Glasgow

This hut based in Glasgow’s media district, used the concept of the letter ‘M’ to dictate its form, built from found twigs, leaves and branches.

Wild Hut 9

 

Wild Hut 10

Wild Hut 10

Location: Govan, Glasgow South-Side

This hut was built from stone found on the site, constructed into a horseshoe shaped wall. The roof was formed using a ladder structure supported by the base wall and covered with fallen leaves.

Wild Hut 10

 

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