The Openhouse designed by XTEN Architecture, located in the Hollywood Hills, California. The retaining walls are configured to extend the first level living area into the landscape and to create garden terraces on the second level. The front, side and rear facades of the house slide away, opening the interiors to gardens, views and the hillside landscape. The Glass, in various renditions, is the primary wall enclosure material.
There are forty-four sliding glass panels designed to disappear into hidden pockets and allow for uninterrupted views and access to exterior terraces and gardens. There are also fixed glass walls, mirror glass walls, and light gray mirror glass panels which lend lightness to the interior spaces. The glass walls are visually counterweighted by sculptural, solid elements in the house rendered in stone, dark stained oak and plaster. With all the glass walls completely open the house becomes a platform, open to hillside gardens and cinematic views over Los Angeles.
*Photo by Art Gray