Nakahouse by XTEN Architecture

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Nakahouse by XTEN

The rooms of a black and white house in California lead out to a series of stepped terraces with a view of the famous Hollywood sign.

Nakahouse by XTEN

The single-storey house, named Nakahouse, was designed by American studio XTEN Architecture and sits upon the foundations of a 1960s house that has been demolished.

Nakahouse by XTEN

A living room and kitchen-diner wrap around the largest of the terraces, from which a steel staircase leads up to a deck on the roof.

Nakahouse by XTEN

Elsewhere, sliding glass panels disappear into the walls to open bedrooms out to smaller terraces.

Nakahouse by XTEN

XTEN Architecture also designed a gallery perched on top of an art collector’s house in Los Angeles - see our earlier story here.

Nakahouse by XTEN

Other monochrome projects on Dezeen include an apartment in Paris filled with blocks and a Singapore hotel where white statues have their heads in the clouds.

Nakahouse by XTEN

Photography is by Steve King.

Here is some text from the architects:


Nakahouse, Hollywood Hills, California

Nakahouse is an abstract remodel of a 1960's hillside home located on a West facing ridge in the Hollywood Hills, just below the Hollywood sign.

Nakahouse by XTEN

To the South and West are views of the Beechwood Canyon; to the East is a protected natural ravine, with a view of Griffith Park Observatory in the distance.

Nakahouse by XTEN

The existing home was built as a series of interconnected terraced spaces on the downslope property.

Nakahouse by XTEN

Due to geotechnical, zoning and budget constraints the foundations and building footprint were maintained in the current design.

Nakahouse by XTEN

The interior was completely reconfigured however, and the exterior was opened up to the hillside views and the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Nakahouse by XTEN

A large terrace was added to link the kitchen/ dining area with the living room, with a steel stair leading to a rooftop sundeck.

Nakahouse by XTEN

Terraces were also added to the bedroom wing and the upper master bedroom suite to extend the interior spaces through floor to ceiling glass sliding panels that disappear into adjacent walls when open.

Nakahouse by XTEN

The exterior walls are finished in a smooth black Meoded ventetian plaster system, designed to render the building as a singular sculptural object set within the lush natural setting.

Nakahouse by XTEN

A series of abstract indoor-outdoor spaces with framed views to nature are rendered in white surfaces of various materials and finishes; lacquered cabinetry, epoxy resin floors and decks and painted metal.

Nakahouse by XTEN

The contrast between the interior and exterior of the house is intentional and total.

Nakahouse by XTEN

While the exterior is perceived as a specific finite and irregular object in the landscape the opposite occurs inside the building.

Nakahouse by XTEN

Once inside the multitude of white surfaces blend the rooms together, extending ones sense of space and creating a heightened, abstract atmosphere from which to experience the varied forms of the hillside landscape.

Nakahouse by XTEN

  • jun

    it dedicate to squeeze a party place into a living house- party house!cool……

  • http://www.ihcco.net/arabic/detailed_engineering_design.html تصميم المستشفيات

    WOW!!This is great. The house was planned very well. Keep it up guys!

  • nitchy14

    Esthetic is quite nice but I can't imagine family or many persons living in that space. The view is awesome. Nice project on pictures

  • David

    What would the white deck be like on a sunny day? Looks like you'd need a welding mask rather than sunglasses to deal with the glare. Otherwise this is a pretty sexy house.

  • http://www.idyllhome.co.uk Sally Book

    This house is truly stunning, with amazing views, and the interior design as modern as it gets! I love the living room with the window panels used as the whole wall looking out onto the Hollywood Hills!

  • edward

    While recalling current Japanese homes, the white painted exposed timber roof structure was a bit jarring in that context. Likewise the glass sliding walls tho' they also recall the Rudolph Schindler home in West LA and views of the Nakahouse in the landscape made me wish for a similar aesthetic

  • http://www.mangotangointeriors.com Tasleem

    Beautiful…love the scenery around as well.

  • Jez

    amazing project/look, but I have experienced white floors before, and it is a nightmare to maintain clean. (the tiniest little bug/hair/dirt is seen from 10m away.)

  • http://twitter.com/lyecdevf @lyecdevf

    Since I did not bring my sunglasses all that white and glare is a bit too much for me. One more thing that hurts my eyes is the shower that just sits there in the bathroom with nothing to prevent water going in all directions. I do not think that was necessary. They could have put it in some corner and put a curved wall around it with a few blocks of glass it it of course the wall painted in white as well.

  • http://www.idyllhome.co.uk Sally Book

    Jez – Interesting to hear your point about white floors.I've never had them in a house and have never thought that although they look brilliant, they must get dirty very easily. You would also have to have the house immaculate at all times as a lot of clutter could spoil the look/design.

  • http://www.cbconstruction-sw.co.uk/ Peter Lofty

    A beautiful looking house, which fits the bill in terms of being a Hollywood house! Would be very interested to hear the cost of construction and materials.

  • http://www.wipeeasytablecloths.com Vinyl Tablecloths

    The table is looking immensely white. Would you dare ruin it by staining or even chipping it? Or would you use a tablecloth to protect it. I suppose if you have enough money to own that house then you aren't too bothered about buying a new one!