Garbage warrior Michael Reynolds has built his famous Earthships in many different locations, and his latest landed right at the "end of the world." Located in Ushuaia, Argentina, "Tol-Haru, la Nave Tierra del Fin del Mundo” is a self-sufficient shelter powered by the elements. Made from natural and repurposed materials, it comprises 333 tires, 3,000 aluminum cans, 5,000 plastic bottles and 3,000 glass bottles!
Architect Michael Reynolds’s latest Earthship sits near the center of “the southern city of the world”, just in front of Antarctica. An initiative of Fundación NAT (by actor Mariano Torre and singer Elena Roger), its construction started early this year after they got the municipality’s approval. It was hand built by approximately 60 people, including international students from the Earthship Academy, local workers and the garbage warrior himself.
Measuring 540 sq-ft, this unique self-sufficient home is wind and sun-powered, and has a system for filtering rainwater. The interiors are kept warm during the winter thanks to the house’s passive orientation, a glass facade that also lets sunshine, in and the adobe wall’s thermal mass properties.
But for the people involved in the project, the recycled Earthship wasn’t simply built by things that people no longer use. For them recycling is a subtle form of homage, a celebration of those things that accompanied us and helped us live.
Photos by Earthship Biotecture