My mother was recently out to visit me in New Mexico. Shes always wanted to see Taos, so I planned an overnight trip for the two of us while she was here. As fascinated as I am by earthship designs, I decided to book our overnight stay in the Earthship, perhaps best described as the Ritz Carlton of earthships.
Considering the place is currently for sale for $1.5 M, the cost of a nightly rental is quite reasonable. You can rent the smaller West Wing, which consists of a bedroom, bathroom, and sunroom for $100 or the East Wing which includes two bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, central lounge area, and two bedrooms for $150. The two sides of the house both have access to the atrium which is perhaps the most spectacular feature of the house. You also have the option of renting the whole place for $250 per night. Even if you were to rent the full place, prices are very reasonable compared to more traditional hotel rooms in the city. And the Earthship is, hands down, far cooler than anything you will find in town.
The atrium was probably my favorite feature. It consists of a small jungles worth of plants, a pond stocked with Tilapia and turtles, and a small flock of parrots which fly freely about. The sound of the running water and birdsong was enchanting. I spent most of my time in the earthship hanging out by the pond watching the bird flutter from rafter to rafter beneath the glass ceiling which was reminiscent of Englands Crystal Palace.
I also adored the Chinese-red handmade kitchen cabinets and the curvaceous hand-sculpted bathtub that flooded with colored light when morning sun shone through the bottled wall. This earthship is also equiped with a large flat-screen tv which hangs over a colorful fireplace replete with fountain. And, of course, there is high-speed internet throughout the rooms.
I felt very privileged to have had the opportunity to stay in the earthship for the night and even was able to sneak a pick at the architect and creator of earthships, when he came through the atrium in the morning to check in with his work crew. It felt a little like spying on an eco-friendly version of Willy Wonka issuing his daily orders to a staff of especially hip, dreadlocked oompa loompas.
Below Ive shared some of the photos I took of the earthship and also a quick video. Please be forewarned that the video is terrible production quality. I took the video in a series of snippets on my digital camera. When I got home and saw the results, I decided it was time to purchase an inexpensive camcorder. So, hopefully, future video on this site will be significantly less disjointed and blurry.
I decided to go ahead and include the footage in this entry because I thought it gave a good sense of how close to nature you feel in the atrium and how the various spaces in the earthship flowed into one another. Both of which I appreciate and figured other might, too.