When considering organic architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, Antoni Gaudí and Jacques Couëlle spring to mind. But in the US in the 1970s, organic architecture was synonymous with Michael Reynolds’ sustainable Earthships, which began popping up across the US, with over 3,000 built to date – including this Colorado earth home, which has become a viral sensation on TikTok.
The modern Earthship dates from the 1990s and belongs to artist and interior designer Arianna Danielson, burrowing into the ground in the hills of the Black Forest of Colorado Springs. Danielson bought the Earthship with her family in 2022, posting a walk-through of her unusual organic home on TikTok where, to date, it has had over 4.7m views and 1m likes.
The self-sufficient forest home is built in the berm of the earth, using natural and recycled materials, including tires, glass bottles and straw, which thermally insulate the house and regulate its temperature year-round. A facade of large windows runs the length of the house above ground windows, flooding its cavernous interior with light.
The eco-home is off-grid, powered by solar panels with a backup generator, water well and a septic tank system. It’s not short on mod-cons either, having been upgraded with smart tech systems.
Interiors have soft organic shapes and what Danielson calls a ‘clean, sweet, earthy’ scent, with a bank of foliage along the living room and hanging plants throughout the home, adding bursts of greenery.
The Colorado property is available on Airbnb from $250 per night and sleeps up to six guests. It’s also pet friendly – meaning you can bring Fido along to maximise walks in the surrounding Black Forest.