The Sustainable Design Center

Bio-regionally Appropriate Architecture Collaboration and Planning for a Cleaner, Healthier Planet

Herrmann Studio

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Firm: Benjamin C. Obregon Architect

Project Status: Completed in 2005

Project Description: 3285 S.F. post and beam, straw bale residence with a photography studio, and home office attached. The building is designed for passive solar heating and cooling. It funnels northern light into the studio, minimizes heat gain from the west, and utilizes a recycled post and beam structure, flow through ventilation, shading devices on east, west, and south facing windows, metal roof with a radiant barrier, stained concrete floors, and low V.O.C. finishes. The building can be rented for weddings, banquets, etc. and includes multiple indoor/outdoor gathering areas.