“An earthship is a type of passive solar house made of natural and recycled materials. Designed and marketed by Earthship Biotecture of Taos, New Mexico, the homes are primarily constructed to work autonomously and are generally made of earth-filled tires, using thermal mass construction to naturally regulate indoor temperature. They also usually have their own special natural ventilation system. Earthships are generally Off-the-grid homes, minimizing their reliance on public utilities and fossil fuels. Earthships are built to utilize the available local resources, especially energy from the sun. For example, windows on sun-facing walls admit lighting and heating, and the buildings are often horseshoe-shaped to maximize natural light and solar-gain during winter months. The thick, dense inner walls provide thermal mass that naturally regulates the interior temperature during both cold and hot outside temperatures”…according to wikipedia.
I first heard of an earthship and saw one when my brother lived in Taos, New Mexico back in the 90’s. I had been to Taos a few times before I had the pleasure of actually getting to stay in an earthship. A friend of mine, with the help of some other friends, bought the shell of an earthship and redid the inside. The house is so beautiful and the land is magical. I have been missing this place a lot lately, and cherish the time I got to spend there. Where I hav never felt so free. Here are before and afters of his house.
ENTRANCE AND DINING ROOM
If you want to learn more about earthships check out this website.
Photos are courtesy of navajo commune and Mitch Murphy (the owner). A few were taken by me.
To be continued….with a life in a day in an earthship.