The Leicester House stands on a hilltop, by the woods, surrounded by wild grass and wild flowers. Specifically, it is located in the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville (Leicester), North Carolina. Designed by SPG Architects, this house has a design that is simple and modern, but successfully reflects and complements the beautiful nature around it.
Basically, this house is a long block of corten steel framed by wood. Glass walls cover some parts of the house, especially the southern and the western, which is to be expected considering the beautiful view outside. Besides wood, glass, and the steel frame, cream-colored slabs of stone are also used as accents both in the exterior and the interior. The choice of materials makes the house look natural, with still a touch of modernity. Furthermore, the ceiling of the house is not very tall, and the second story is only about half as wide as the first story, which makes the house look not very tall. This relative shortness of the house helps it blend and be in harmony with its natural environment, as if it is just a house of an ordinary farmer instead of a modern luxury house.
The interior of the house looks very modern, although still with the natural materials that you have seen on the exterior. Dark wood and cream-colored stone dominate the interior, and the furniture also takes colors of similar shades, creating a warm, welcoming, and comfortable atmosphere in the rooms. The glass walls provide an amazing view to the rolling farmland below and the mountains beyond it. There are even some corners of the house that was especially designed for you to relax while enjoying this view. The top of the house that is not taken up by the second story is converted to an open terrace. In front of the terrace there is a rooftop garden full of wildflowers, but these wildflowers only make the space look more charming and natural. The terrace has comfortable chaise longue on it, and its edges are rimmed with glass fences that won’t distract your panoramic view. Would you love a house like this?