Zumbro Zen

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    Zumbro Zen
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    Project Architect:
    Eric Odor
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    Zumbro Zen

    Design by Eric Odor, AIA, LEED AP
    with Courtney Kruntorad and Jared Banks


    Unfolding like a strand of pearls from west to east across a steeply descending slope, this energy-efficient and sustainable home commands expansive winter views from its lofty ledge high above the north bank of the Zumbro River. Designed as a series of three linked pods, one each for garage, dwelling and retreat, this collection of sun-drenched forms strikes a quiet and respectful pose on this naturally wooded site.

    Sustainable components:

    Passive solar heating and daylighting
    Natural ventilation due to the narrow building profile and open plan
    Geothermal heating, cooling and domestic hot water
    High-efficiency appliances
    Dual-flush toilets
    Bamboo floors and vanity tops
    Recycled and recyclable steel roofs
    Composite fiber-cement siding

    Construction by Advanced Builders.
    Structure by McConkey Johnson Soltermann Engineers
    Photographs by Troy Thies