XTEN Architecture is an award-winning architecture firm based in Los Angeles, California and Sissach, Switzerland.
The Saphire Gallery is a residential gallery addition to a private residente in Los Angeles, California. It is designed to display a private collection of contemporary art while also providing for a home office with views to the sorrounding hills. The owners expressed interest in a new building that would be more than just a container for their expanding art collection. The new structure is grafted onto the circulation spine of the existing house and lifted off the ground to provide a minimal footprint. Freeing the ground plane creates a new multi-functional hardscape/landscape area for the family that they use as carport, children’s play area, for art parties and video projections.