Leicester House by SPG Architects
This hilltop residence, located at the edge of a wooded knoll in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Moutains, has expansive southern and western views. Approaching through the woods, one arrives at a one-story facade of corten steel framed by wood. A hint of the views is provided through the glass door, but it is not unitl the entry that the full impact of the hilltop views can be experienced. The south and west glass walls open to rolling farmland velow and the mountains beyond. The entry level serves as the primary living area, with a guest wing carved into the hilltop below. The house is functional, energy efficient and visually inspiring. The greening of the house complements its visual warmth, grounding the modern structure in its rural landscape.
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Asheville Design Center Wednesday, Oct 13 at 6pm – “Eric Gartner of SPG Architects will discuss the firm’s local work in green building. Set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with sweeping views across majestic landscape, SPG Architects’ Leicester House serves both as a solitary retreat and a generous space for entertaining. SPG’s work clearly presents a visual consistency based on human proportions, the exploration of light, and the judicious use of materials that provide singular tactile, visual, spatial and temporal experiences. Two external crises that unfolded during design and construction encouraged the client to turn Leicester House into a model of energy efficiency. In response to a severe drought, rainwater collection was incorporated along with geothermal energy use, energy efficient lighting, automatic sun shading and reclaimed furniture. When the economic crisis squeezed budgets and ruled out an infinity pool, plans were adapted to create a green ‘infinity’ roof instead.”
Text and Photos by SPG Architects