Designed by the late Austin Kelly, co-founder of XTEN Architecture, this abstract black and white home in the Hollywood Hills has been much recognized for its striking, geometrical design. Called Nakahouse, it’s been the recipient of awards from both the Los Angeles AIA chapter and the national institute and has also been featured in numerous architectural publications and exhibitions since its completion in 2012.
According to an architect’s statement in ArchDaily, the 1,866-square-foot residence was constructed directly over the footprint of a previous home in order to keep costs down and avoid tricky zoning issues. The house looks a bit like it’s floating above its surroundings, with part of the home jutting out over the steep hillside. The very open design maximizes views of both the natural surroundings and familiar LA sights like the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory.
The all-white interior design is evidently meant to heighten the effect of the rooms flowing into one another, "creating a heightened, abstract atmosphere from which to experience the varied forms of the hillside landscape."
The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home features numerous terraces accessed by sliding glass doors. And on days when it’s a bit chilly for all that indoor-outdoor access, there’s also a living room fireplace. Asking price is $2.295 million.
3140 Hollyridge Drive [Ryan Burns | Westside Estate Agency]