Thank you guys. As always, i'm amazed at the enthusiasm and good atmosphere here!
A lot of interesting tents and nice to see that i'm not the only one pondering about this type of tent.
It's obvious to me that what i had in mind leaves a lot to be desired in terms of storm-worthiness and keeping rain out.
@Ken and Franco - Haha! i like your persistence regarding the Tarptent StratoSpire!
And in the light of what I've learned from this thread, i see it as a very interesting "Twisted" Shangri La 1...i'll have to look more into this tent.
have a nice weekend!