Based in both California and Switzerland, XTEN Architecture has designed “Nakahouse”, which is a single family residence in the Hollywood Hills of California. Sited along the very steep slopes just below the Hollywood sign, the dwelling is a contemporary update to an established home from the 1960′s. Geotechnical zoning and budget limitations mandated the reuse of the existing footprint and foundations as a basis for the home’s new design. The interior arrangement was reconfigured and a series of outdoor terraces were projected from all angles to maximize views of the surrounding landscape.
Floor to ceiling glass windows and sliding doors blur the boundary between the indoor and outdoor areas extending the living spaces to the terraces. exterior stairs lead to a roof deck with unobstructed views of the Beachwood Canyon, Griffith Park observatory and natural ravines. The smooth black plaster facade intentionally creates a stark contrast with the white washed surfaces inside the home. Lacquered cabinetry, epoxy resin floors and painted metal produce a monochromatic and uniform interior which blends the separate rooms into one continuous space. Via
Photos: Steve King