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
Location: Rochester, Minnesota, United States
See all photos in project: Zumbro Zen
Architect: SALA Architects
Photography: Troy Thies Photography