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2015 Residential Architect Design Awards
Custom/Under 3,000 Square Feet

On an existing footprint in the Hollywood Hills, Culver City, Calif.–based XTEN Architecture built a 2,835-square-foot, abstracted black-and-white house that connects to the outdoors through loosely defined boundaries between interior and exterior. Outside, black Venetian plaster conceals a high-performance roofing system designed to reduce solar gain; the house uses passive cooling from floor-to-ceiling glass pocket doors and second-floor clerestory windows. Inside, white lacquered cabinets sit on white concrete epoxy floors, and white plaster and steel finishes complete a monochrome palette where rooms bleed into each other. A steel stair leads from a terrace cantilevered off the kitchen to a rooftop sundeck, and overscaled windows in the living spaces catch views of the Hollywood sign and Griffith Park Observatory. —Deane Madsen, Assoc. AIA

From the Jury 

“This has a formal language outside of most of the other things we’ve seen, even in Southern California.” —John Frane

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Architect: XTEN Architecture, Culver City, Calif.—Monika Häfelfinger, Austin Kelly, AIA
Project Size: 2,835 square feet
Construction Cost: Withheld

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