TrendHome: Open House [Hollywood Hills]

In TrendHome today is a beautiful modern residence in the Hollywood Hills. Designed by LA based firm XTEN Architecture and named ‘Open House’ based on the ventilation system where every elevation of the house is open to capture the prevailing breezes to passively ventilate and cool the house. This residence is embedded into a sharply sloping hillside property, a challenging site that led to the creation of a house that is both integrated into nature and open to the city beyond.

Front, side and rear elevations of the house slide open to erase all boundaries between indoors and out and connect the spaces to gardens and terraces on three levels.

This residence is embedded into a sharply sloping hillside property, a challenging site that led to the creation of a house that is both integrated into nature and open to the city beyond.

Deep overhangs serve as solar protection for the double glazing windows and become progressively larger as the main elevation of the building follows the hillside contours from Eastern to Southwestern exposure

The structure and detailing of the house is more complex than it appears. Extensive grading and terraced retaining walls were developed to extend the first floor living level into the hillside and to create a garden terraces on each level.

More information at www.xtenarchitecture.com – Photography by Art Gray

 






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