For fans of the Twilight Saga, this year has been a bit of a roller coaster — and not just because of the big news that Bella and Robert are dating again! The year began with the premiere of the final installment in the saga, Breaking Dawn — Part 2. It was a bittersweet day for Twihards, with many questioning whether or not the movies were worth it. Then, in April, it was announced that Robert Pattinson had married his longtime love, actress, FKA Twigs. The couple held a small private ceremony at a church in Los Angeles, and it was followed by an extravagant fairytale wedding celebration with friends and family.

While the world waited to see what the future holds for the couple, they quietly started working on their first official joint project. The singer, songwriter, and actor revealed that they had secretly filmed a musical comedy featuring songs by some of their favorite bands. The movie will be released in theaters worldwide in May 2020, with an accompanying soundtrack featuring songs by the likes of The Killers, Frank Turner, and more.

In the meantime, fans can enjoy a gallery of Robert Pattinson’s stunning wedding photos. The actor shared the special day on his social media accounts, writing, “A wedding photo says more than a thousand words. Here’s to our incredible adventure. We love you.” The couple’s announcement was met with an outpouring of joy from their fans; some even compared it to the birth of their three children.

The “Sweater” Lighthouse

The year 2020 will be marked as the 100th anniversary of the devastating Great Britain floods that virtually wiped out the country. While the death toll is reported to be around 1,600 people, it is suspected that the actual figure may be closer to 9,000. The floods were caused by extreme weather conditions resulting in the overflow of rivers and lakes, which in turn resulted in widespread flooding. The worst affected area was the North East, where around 200 homes were washed away and around 500 people are believed to have lost their lives.

One of the most unique and impressive stories from that tragic ordeal is that of Ada Curran. The 92-year-old great-great-grandmother miraculously survived the floodtide, thanks to the quick-thinking actions of her grandson, Robert Pattinson. According to local legend, she was wearing a pink sweater when she was rescued and taken to safety. Since then, the “sweater” has become somewhat of a symbol of the floods and the spirit of the islanders who braved the fury of the waters.

While many of us will never forget the tragic events of the Great Britain floods, it’s heartwarming to know that the spirit of the islanders lives on in the actions of their descendants. In 2020, as we move towards the end of the pandemic, it’s time for the Pattinson family to give back to the community that saved their ancestor’s life — and this time, they decided to go all the way and build a real-life “sweater” longhouse! Located in the village of Kinnolie, the three-story structure was designed by acclaimed British architect, Will Alsop, and features a concrete spiral staircase wrapping around an internal oak tree. It is the culmination of a four-year project that began with a simple request for a small holiday home. But as the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention,” and it was the desire to help her community that ultimately led to the great-grandmother’s miraculous survival and the birth of a new era for Kinnolie.

Why A “Sweater” Longhouse?

When the Pattinson family began this project, they had no idea that it would turn into something so special. They had simply wanted to help their community by giving them a place to regenerate and get back on their feet. So when they heard about the great Britain floods and how much it had affected the country, they decided that they wanted to do something to give back. As Robert Pattinson told The Guardian, “The project started as a bit of a whim, but it turned into something much larger. As a group of us started to really get behind it, we realized that we could put a fitting, tangible tribute to all those affected.”

It was important to the family to incorporate as many locally sourced materials as possible into the construction of this house, and they wanted to do something that would symbolize the spirit of the community that had helped their great-great-grandmother to recover from the tragic incident that had almost taken her life. The result is a beautiful and poignant structure that will serve as a reminder of the terrible devastation that the country faced back in January and February of 2020.

The Holiday Home That Grew Into A Symbol

Even before the pandemic hit, the small community of Kinnolie had a bad reputation. It was known as one of the most dangerous villages in Northern England, with many of its roads apparently having been purchased by the criminal underworld. But despite its dark past, the village has a lot to offer. Situated on a small island surrounded by lakes, it is a paradise for anglers and swimmers. Every August, Kinnolie is overrun with visitors as it plays host to one of Europe’s most famous music festivals, Bonnaroo — named after the late singer/songwriter, Bono.

With its own sandy beaches, the village also boasts one of England’s most celebrated nightclubs, Le Bonky, that attracts guests from all over the world. According to Richard Brooks, author of Lonely Planet’s England’s Best Coffee Tours, “There’s nowhere else quite like it in England. It’s got such a vibe — old meets new, and it’s a celebration of life.”

So whenever the Pattinson family visits the area, they are always overwhelmed by the warm welcome and passionate curiosity about their project. After spending months gathering material and getting to know the locals, they started to see the potential in the tiny village and started dreaming up ways to improve the place.

When they originally thought of a small holiday home, they had no idea how much their plans would evolve into something so special. On their social media accounts, the family has regularly posted about the progress of their “sweater” longhouse, showing off the stunning location and beautiful views.

A Four-Year Project That Ended In Tears

The hardest part of this project was undoubtedly fundraising. The location of the house is incredibly remote, with limited access by boat only in bad weather. As Robert Pattinson told The Guardian, “Access is difficult, because there’s no bridge and it gets dark early. We were fundraising mostly through private events, including gigs with friends, and a really successful fundraiser in LA.”

In true DIY fashion, the family made the most of the limited local resources, with Robbie, their oldest son, telling The Telegraph, “We got some builders in from a nearby town and we did lots of the work ourselves.” With its concrete spiral staircase, the builders were definitely not suited to climbing, which the family found out the hard way — but it was all worth it in the end.

It took nearly four years of constant hard work and dedication to bring this beautiful structure to life. But what an incredible journey it has been!

Around the world, there are many communities that are coming together to help each other through this time — be it by providing food and shelter, or even just showing up with a smile and a hand to help. The UK has been no exception, as communities all over the country have banded together to ensure that this year will be a memorable one for the country. From small villages to major cities, everyone has been touched in some way by the pandemic — and it’s time for us to give back.