rural dwellings


Tent House in Queensland

This forest clearing addressing a pocket of rainforest in the Noosa hinterland, is approached through a typical neighbourhood of rural houses and acreage dwellings. The journey to the Tent House by Sparks Architects continues from the street via a winding bush track through the forest which acts as a threshold between the constructed world and that of the clearing, a place remnant of early settlement in the region; a camp.

The brief called for a 3 bedroom family dwelling with a central open plan living and kitchen space. The architectural response is a duel concept pairing an operable insulated box for cooler months that allows habitation to a tent-like amenity in warmer months. The walls, or doors, of the box slide open manually, while the roof, or lid, has an automated sliding operation. With the roof fully open the translucent tent membrane comes into view and a new volume, light, and material is experienced. As the doors slide open the forest wall becomes an architectural element; a natural wall that contains a broader space of the house plan, stretching it across the remaining clearing and garden. The tent roof serves as a ‘fly roof’ above the insulated roof and takes the brunt of the heat load. The void between the two roof elements allows for a simple stack ventilation process. The varied pitches of the tent roof maximise winter sun penetration and protects the east, west and southern exposures.

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The Hidden Cottage by Frank Pickavant
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Photographed near Chipping in Lancashire. 


I am slicing apples and thinking about open sky and land and how I might someday merge the city-dwelling and rural-craving parts of me. I am remembering the sweet smell of hay in every direction and skies wide open like palms overhead. I am hearing the baby cows just born crying their first sounds and the bleating of the sheep as their hooves pound down the pavement at the foot of the mountains, hundreds watching on in awe. I am feeling the piercing cool of the wine cellar, and outside, the breeze lifting the grape vines and my hair and the water rushing over the harvested grapes. Idaho. This was Idaho.

And now I am home. Making a salad full of the things I remember most sweetly.

Three weeks ago, I visited Southern Idaho as part of the #TasteIdaho15 tour of the region’s most vibrant and productive fruit, dairy, and meat farms. We saw vineyards, apple orchards, and peach groves in the disarray of their season’s end. We ate at some of Boise’s best restaurants and meandered our way through back alleys full of extraordinary street art. And we got to meet the incredible families who’ve made this land their home, cultivating its rich, volcanic soil not just for their own benefit, but for the sustenance of their communities, and the surrounding states.

Read more, see dozens of shots from Idaho, and get the recipe here!

Here’s a new poster for The Hallow, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year. It will be released in select theaters on November 6 via IFC Midnight.

The Irish creature feature is directed by Corin Hardy (who was attached to helm the reboot of The Crow) and stars Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton and Michael Smiley.

Deep within the darkness of secluded forest land in rural Ireland dwells an ancient evil. Feared by the nearby superstitious villagers as cursed creatures who prey upon the lost, their secrets have been kept from civilization and remain on their hallowed ground. But when a conservationist from London moves in with his wife and infant child in order to survey the land for future construction, his actions unwittingly disturb the horde of demonic forces. Alone in a remote wilderness, he must now ensure his family’s survival from their relentless attacks.