Kota is an architecture that brings a contemporary spirit to a natural surrounding, providing an example of space and shelter in its most basic form. Walking around and within the structure, the viewer is immediately consumed by the contrast, as well as an uncanny similarity, of natural and unnatural: a large oculus that opens to the sky, and a porous surface that frames the surrounding woodland. Its simple geometry and patterns of intersecting panels flutter between transparency and opaqueness.


Inspired by Nordic turf huts and old log construction, the wooden structure is comprised of 50 planar ribs, which are CNC cut from 18mm plywood sheets. It is designed as an independent shell structure, which provides an intimate enclosure and shelter. Together with the natural beauty of the woodlands, this is a place to play and sit around an open fire listening to stories and fairy tales.



Client: Secret Garden Party // Houghton Festival

Category: Installation

Location: Abbots Ripton, UK // Houghton Hall, UK

Date: July - August 2017

Budget: £6000.00

Size: 3mx3mx5.5m

Materials: Plywood


With Thanks To:

OWAL Architects

MDS London // RB Displays // Because Music