Tenon Architecture’s Wooden Cave at Trikala, Greece’s Hyades Mountain Resort exemplifies innovative, meticulous woodwork.

Key features

Assembled by the two-person Tenon team on-site, the Wooden Cave guestroom comprises 1,112 timber elements converted into 55 modules, carved and shaped by hand. No carpenters, workers or other technicians were employed for the project: ‘The absence of any digital fabrication methods in the construction resulted in the adoption of a more sculptural approach towards the final form,’ explain architects Apostolos Mitropoulos and Thanos Zervos, who translated the individual pieces from algorithmic drawings. True to its name, the room emulates the all-encompassing atmosphere of a cave, a sinuous interior that includes two sleeping areas and an open-plan kitchen, as well as a sitting area with a fireplace and bathroom. The wall surfaces are made from spruce raw timber while the furniture and flooring is crafted from knotless pine plywood; outer spaces showcase locally sourced stone.

Frame’s take

It’s always a treat to see design innovation far removed from the hustle and bustle of the world’s major cities. Rural hospitality businesses can greatly capitalize on the appeal of their offering by matching nature’s splendour with the great indoors – we’ve seen it done well in the vicinity of Norwegian glaciers; at China’s Mount Wuyi; in South Tyrol’s rolling hills. Now, we can add Trikala to that list: by calling on Tenon to renovate a former commercial space, Hyades Mountain Resort adds ‘design destination’ to its roster of amenities. The architects’ impressive, untraditional utilization of wood shows that there is much hands-on experimentation that can still be done (and successes achieved) with traditional, natural materials.