Brittlebush: A Desert Tent Home of Rammed Earth & Reclaimed Steel By Simon de Aguero

From a recent graduate of Arizona's Taliesin, the architectural school founded by Frank Lloyd Wright, comes this beautiful tent-like desert shelter made primarily from tensile fabric, rammed earth and salvaged steel.
Designed by Simon de Aguero and wonderfully dubbed 'Brittlebush', the living spaces underneath the 150 square-foot canopied structure are mostly open, thanks to the particularities of the local climate. For colder nights, a sleeping space is located above a hearth that's conveniently tucked in a corner.


There's a no-nonsense character in the project's clean angularity and methodology (even the formwork was apparently scrap wood reused from a local renovation project). Built from earth sourced on-site, the angled edges of the rammed earth walls are given definition with a ribbon of steel, recycled from the school's scrap yard. The careful configuration of the earthen walls create intentional outcroppings to contain the space, lending a sense of safe shelter in an otherwise harsh environment.

We've seen some innovative tent homes and tent-living before, but this project is truly 'at home' with its site, skillfully blending the boundaries of in and out, creating a harmonious impression of participating in a much larger landscape.

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