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XTEN Architecture - Openhouse in Los Angeles, California PDF Print Email
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Thursday, 09 July 2009 07:29

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The Openhouse is embedded into a narrow and sharply sloping property in the Hollywood Hills, a challenging site that led to the creation of a house that is both integrated into the landscape and open to the city below.



Retaining walls are configured to extend the first floor living level into the hillside and to create gardens on two levels. The front, side and rear elevations of the house slide open to erase all boundaries between indoors and out, connecting the spaces to gardens on both levels.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 December 2009 08:01
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XTEN Architecture - Surfhouse Residence in Manhattan Beach, California PDF Print Email
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Wednesday, 21 January 2009 02:43

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The Surfhouse appears as an abstract block of ebonized cedar a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean in Hermosa Beach.


The site is very small. While typical lots in the area measure 120’ x 40’, the allowable building area for the Surfhouse measures just 33’ x 24’.

The architects approached the project by subtracting the larger program areas from a solid volumetric form that conformed to the zoning regulations and sought to maximize space, light, and views while also creating a sense of privacy and retreat for the young owners on a busy beachside street.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 December 2009 08:01
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