Pen-y-Fan Visitor Centre and Pont-ar-Daf Lodge
A design proposal to meet the National Trusts brief to create a building for both a Visitor Centre, and overnight Hostel Accommodation at the vacant Pont-ar-Daf site. The projects design philosophy focusses on four main areas:
SITE CONTEXT The site is within an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with exceptional 360 degree views. The sites context has had influence on areas of the design such as the buildings orientation and layout and construction methods and materials specified.
DEMOUNTABLE Building components have been designed to have simple and accessible screw or bolt fixings, avoiding the use of adhesives to allow for the building to be disassembled and reused elsewhere, at the end of the buildings life.
– PREFABRICATED – The UK construction industry sends over 400 million tonnes of waste every year to landfill, of which 10-15% comprises of unused materials. This project has maximised the use of prefabrication to minimise waste and consumption of materials.
DURABLE The site is exposed to onerous conditions for large periods of the year. The building will also receive a high footfall of hikers and people partaking in outdoor activities. A low maintenance, durable solution is therefore required to cope with these adverse conditions.