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Franklin loves nature, and it was important that the home feel connected to the outdoors. A front porch reaches out into her front yard and vegetable garden.
Mann used all natural and local materials — no synthetic or plastic materials were used in any part of the home. Durable, insulated metal roofing keeps the home well protected from the elements.
Mann looked closely at the bare minimum of what Franklin would need and what would meet local building code requirements. He chose a mandala shape — a form commonly found in Buddhist and Hindu art. The house has an identical design on all four sides, which simplified construction.
A small basement under the central core stabilizes the structure, while the four peripheral building segments are supported on posts.
Mann divided the home according to function and created four well-defined areas: an outside porch and entrance, a kitchen and dining room, a sleeping area and a bathroom.