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Taking cues from the flora, fauna, and rocky cliffs of Big Sur, California, Mickey Muennig's brand of organic architecture doesn't stop with the terrain.

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  The interiors of many of Mickey Muennig’s houses emphasize natural building materials such as wood, concrete, and stone.
    The interiors of many of Mickey Muennig’s houses emphasize natural building materials such as wood, concrete, and stone.
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  Muennig’s Green House utilizes the western sun of the dramatic Big Sur coastline.
    Muennig’s Green House utilizes the western sun of the dramatic Big Sur coastline.
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  The Partington Point House, which Muennig renovated in 1995.
    The Partington Point House, which Muennig renovated in 1995.
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  The interiors of many of Muennig’s houses emphasize natural building materials such 
as wood, concrete, and stone. Plant life and nature are intrinsic to the Pfeiffer Ridge House IV.
    The interiors of many of Muennig’s houses emphasize natural building materials such as wood, concrete, and stone. Plant life and nature are intrinsic to the Pfeiffer Ridge House IV.
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  The glass doors of Muennig’s own home allow the ocean breeze through the circular entry of the sea-facing front.
    The glass doors of Muennig’s own home allow the ocean breeze through the circular entry of the sea-facing front.
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  For the Butterfly cabin, which is part of the Post Ranch Inn, Muennig chose materials that age gracefully when exposed to the elements. He regularly uses Cor-Ten steel, a group of steel alloys that form a stable rust-like appearance when battered by wind and rain.
    For the Butterfly cabin, which is part of the Post Ranch Inn, Muennig chose materials that age gracefully when exposed to the elements. He regularly uses Cor-Ten steel, a group of steel alloys that form a stable rust-like appearance when battered by wind and rain.
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  The Treehouse, also part of the Post Ranch Inn, features Cor-ten panels.
    The Treehouse, also part of the Post Ranch Inn, features Cor-ten panels.
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  Hidden away up a perilous dirt road, the Witt Guesthouse, in its material and construction, reflects the wildness of the beauty that surrounds it.
    Hidden away up a perilous dirt road, the Witt Guesthouse, in its material and construction, reflects the wildness of the beauty that surrounds it.
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  Adjacent to the owner’s larger home, the Music Studio, with its bowed, ship-like ceiling, was designed to house events, parties, and performances.
    Adjacent to the owner’s larger home, the Music Studio, with its bowed, ship-like ceiling, was designed to house events, parties, and performances.

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