Zumbro Zen

Designed by Eric Odor

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