Schiller Projects breaks ground on 25 homes using local materials in Asheville, North Carolina

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Schiller Projects breaks ground on 25 homes using local materials in Asheville, North Carolina

The 25 homes will be oriented for expansive south-facing views toward downtown Asheville. (Courtesy Schiller Projects)

New York City–based Schiller Projects’ single family development, Elk View, on the edge of Asheville, North Carolina has broken ground. 25 homes will be built on 110 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains developed by Aibl Property Group. Aibl and Schiller Projects are pitching the community as being designed with a sustainability-forward mindset, with carbon costs taken into account in the design of the houses themselves

Passive house and local materials have guided the overall design process. Each building is “designed with a goal of net-zero-carbon emissions,” which has guided the architects to specify locally-produced, low-embodied carbon material. This includes working with Eco-Panels, a local manufacturer of structurally insulated panel systems which provide a “continuous thermal wrap around each home.” While each of the houses has a similar appearance, none have the exact same design.

The design for the first home includes a long driveway that places the house into the woods. (Courtesy Schiller Projects)
An elevation view of the first home reveals a deep terrace and pool. (Courtesy Schiller Projects)

The panels will be manufactured within a “130-mile radius” of Elk View, further limiting emissions due to shipping, which can often add-up on projects. On-site assembly will be fast as many building elements will be prefabricated. Schiller Projects further collaborated with a local energy organization, Energy Innovations, to design unique HVAC systems that will allow each home to be heated and cooled at less-than-average costs to homeowners.  The 25 houses will fully run on electricity. 


The kitchen of the first home, whose high window-wall ratio brings extensive daylight in. (Courtesy Schiller Projects)

All homes are designed to offer residents expansive views of their surrounding landscapes. Homes are designed with sizable balconies, terraces, and decks, staking claim to ample exterior space and often raised on ample pilotis. This is not to mention the few private acres that each home sits on, and the fact that home designs are specifically oriented for optimal south-facing views.  

The design of the second house, whose horizontal form maximizes view to the south. (Courtesy Schiller Projects)
Windows offer a glimpse through to the south at the entrance of the second house. (Courtesy Schiller Projects)

Carefully placed windows offer more curated glimpses of the valley, while expansive sections of glass in others leave sweeping views of both the mountains and Asheville itself—which the development is a 12-minute drive from. On the interior, finishings include white oak flooring and a range of reclaimed and locally sourced materials. Extensive exterior wood cladding provides a more nature-influenced material palette, while offering visual consistency across the development. 

The living room of the second house is finished with white oak floors. (Courtesy Schiller Projects)

The first two home designs can be viewed here, with the following 23 in progress.