Grass Roof Designs

Hundertwasser, a world traveling artist and inventor, describes different ideas and advantages for having a grass roof on your home.

| March/April 1978

In amongst the testimonial from the Central American missionary who uses MOTHER EARTH NEWS as his chief teaching aid when working with the most primitive tribes still living in his section of the jungle ... and the correspondence from the sheep station in Australia ... and the mail from the holistic gardeners, Alaskan sourdoughs, New Mexico back-to-the-landers and all the rest of MOTHER's people the other day, we found yet another interesting letter. 

It was from Venice, Italy, and it was from a world traveling artist/inventor who calls himself Hundertwasser. "Your article about the grass roof of Mr. Davis in MOTHER EARTH NEWS is very interesting," the letter began. "I've waited for the grass roof house to happen for a very long time. I was working on these and other ecological solutions about 20 years, and I am sending you a short documentation."  

Well now. That "short documentation" contained some very good ideas and color photographs of models of sod-roofed and underground buildings (even one real sod-roofed house) that we thought you'd like to see. So here are a few of those ideas. Click on the Image Gallery link to see all of the photos. — MOTHER

Eye-Slit House 

This is a house for one family only, so totally integrated into nature that it is practically invisible. This makes it particularly useful for farmers or in landscape preserves.

The front of the house faces the sun and the roof turns to the cold. One can walk through the landscape without realizing that one walks on roofs.

Such a house is very light and sunny ... more so than a normal house because this one has a large south-facing window and skylights which let in the sun from above.

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