The eponymous prototype of the building form, the model earthship was designed by NM architect Michael Reynolds. The home serves as a showcase for Reynold’s business, Earthship Biotecture. The home is also a marvel of self-sufficiency, with numerous systems integrated to captured water, provide power, etc.
This underground home is a hybrid of earthship (through tire construction) and a standard wood and thatch style home. Built into a mountainside, it defies the usual conventions of earthship construction by having a more traditional facade – a great blend well suited for suburban environments.
A fantastic example of both eartship and earth-sheltered home construction, this author-built earthship home in colorado was the starting point for an earth-sheltered home building company.