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myMarvin Architect's Challenge winner: Leicester House

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This Asheville, N.C. hilltop residence, designed by Eric Gartner of SPG Architects, is located at the edge of a wooded knoll in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It has expansive southern and western views. A hint of the views is provided through the glass door, but it is not until entry that the full impact of the hilltop views can be experienced.

The entry level serves as the primary living area, comprised of living, dining, kitchen, study and master bedroom suite. A two-bedroom guest wing with a media room is carved into the hilltop one level below.

Functionality and energy efficiency are achieved both by this programmatic zoning, which allows the lower level to be shut down during periods when there are no guests. The ‘greening’ of the house complements its visual warmth, grounding the modern structure in its rural landscape. Building Systems include the use of a geothermal field that greatly reduces energy consumption and costs associated with heating and cooling of the house. The house also has a rainwater collection system that collects 80% of water that falls on the rooftops and re-uses it for both toilets and landscaping needs.

A broad range of standard Marvin window and door options were all carefully coordinated with the very professional Marvin team. The solution of a window wall along the south and west façades of the upper level brings the outdoors in. This custom configuration of standard Marvin products is integral to the vision of the house, as well as the economics of its construction. The Marvin products employed throughout allowed the vision to be economically viable and achievable in a manner that far exceeds the impact of a conventional window configuration.

Marvin products used include the Ultimate Awning Window, the Ultimate Casement Window and the Ultimate Swinging French Door.

Read more about our 2012 myMarvin Architect’s Challenge winners here.

Images courtesy of Daniel Levin Photography.