XTEN architecture: nakahouse XTEN architecture: nakahouse
aug 17, 2011

XTEN architecture: nakahouse

‘nakahouse’ by XTEN architecture located in hollywood hills, california image © steve king

based in california and switzerland, XTEN architecture has completed ‘nakahouse’, a single family residence located in hollywood hills, california, USA. sited along the steep slopes 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.

stairs and terrace leading down to the living area image © steve king

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 beechwood 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.

living area image © steve king

floor to ceiling boundary between indoors and outdoors image © steve king

kitchen with views of surrounding hills image © steve king

open floor plan arrangement image © steve king

dining area image © steve king

bathroom image © steve king

terrace image © steve king

terrace extending from kitchen image © steve king

stairs leading to roof deck image © steve king

at night image © steve king

floor plan / level 0 image © XTEN architecture

roof plan image © XTEN architecture

section image © XTEN architecture

section image © XTEN architecture

section image © XTEN architecture

sketch image © XTEN architecture

  • usually the all-white aesthetic doesn’t bother me at all, but here it just seems harsh

    dbkii says:
  • Sterile. One of those unfortunate designs that will look ruined when a piece of furniture is out of place, there is dirt on the wall, or child doesn’t put a toy away. Nice view though.

    NicNok says:
  • Honey, I’m home. What’s for dinner? We have haddock, rice, mashed potatoes, spargel, and milk.

    km says:
  • stunning architecture and decor. LOVE IT!

    yojic says:
  • I like it! A few plants and maybe loose the black rug . No need to try and pop, even soft color will pop and keep the pristine look. Even toys will look good in that environment.What better way to display art and furniture. Black & white is classic!

    jill says:
  • Nice design & layout but way too white. Perfect for an overcast day but those happen about twice a year in LA. The reflections would be blinding, the air con bill quite high, one imagines.

    What’s the dark-brown cladding? Attractive. Looks like oxidized iron that’s clear coated.

    Tom P says:
  • Love it. Just imagine if you used color instead of all white! Soft neutral grays, or even wild accent colors. This ones a keeper.

    nellie j says:
  • i feel so jealous .)))
    great views and interior

    2-1 says:
  • Beautiful and inspiring.

    White reflects heat away, so it will be cooler not hotter. Plus you can get a tan from the comfort of your living room…

    Juliet Echo says:
  • White interior is too shiny!
    it will hurt clients eyes.

    mm says:
  • Incredible form and space.

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    Marcin says:

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