Zumbro Zen by SALA Architects
This energy-efficient and sustainable home designed by SALA Architects is located in Rochester, Minnesota.
Description by SALA Architects
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.
Passive solar heating and daylighting
Natural ventilation due to the narrow building profile and open plan
Geothermal heating, cooling and domestic hot water
Bamboo floors and vanity tops
Recycled and recyclable steel roofs
Composite fiber-cement siding