completed in 2007, ‘openhouse’ is a residence that sits atop the hollywood hills, designed by xten architecture. the home sits on a relatively small site that is very narrow and steep. however the challenging site, led the architects to create a design that embraced it constraints. the final concept is integrated into the landscape using retaining walls that extend the first floor directly into the hillside. these walls also serve to create small private gardens on each side of the home. a liberal use of windows connects the home to the gardens and the city of los angeles in the distance. the windows on both floors can also be rolled together to open up the spaces to the outdoors. this defining feature allows the occupants to take advantage of the warm weather and gives the home its name.

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openhouse by xten architecture

openhouse by xten architecture

openhouse by xten architecture

openhouse by xten architecture

openhouse by xten architecture

openhouse by xten architecture