Designed to be built into the crest of an existing hill in eastern Saskatchewan, this scheme grew out of the retirement dreams of a mechanically minded and radically agrarian couple. One part environmentalist, two parts survivalist, the project reserves room for the kind of suburban opulence, unobtainable in an actual suburban situation. The result is a kind of paranoid hedonism, where the satisfaction of survival exists in a gritty dreamworld of daily struggle and subjugation under the relentless prairie sky. The entire living space is constructed within the hill in order to usethe earth's thermal mass to keep the house warmer in winter and cooler in summer. The "lantern" which pops up through the top of the hill is lined with south-facing glass to maximise and control the suns rays, soaking in winter's low rays, while maintaining a deep overhang to shield the interior from aggressive summer sun. Local limestone is used throughout the house, in retaining walls and for the "Russian Oven" fireplace which heats the entire volume of the house with just one box of wood per day. This perfect combination of romantic naturism and fanatical pragmatism characterises our two urbanite's triumphant retreat to the country.