It’s the time of year that design and architecture lovers have been waiting for: the annual AIA Austin Homes Tour! Falling on October 1st and 2nd this season, this year’s tour is even more special: it’s the 25th anniversary. You’ll find in this gallery a jaw-dropping photo of each of the 15 homes featured, along with a little bit about why they were chosen as well as some information about the great minds behind the designs.
The fun doesn’t stop at the tour this year: In honor of the 25th year of the tour there will be an entire month of design events kicked off by the AIA Homes Tour and called Austin x Design. Design organizations from around the city—architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, furniture design and more—will be throwing events around town during the month of October. You can check out the full calendar on the Austin x Design website.
The tour represents a diverse variety of some of the most recent and most amazing architecture and design in Austin. Not just the biggest homes or the most modern, houses for the tour are chosen because they are extraordinary in their design, either because of clever space and design solutions, eco-friendly elements, how they sit in the landscape or any combination of them all!
And if you haven’t been to the tour in awhile, you might be surprised by all the new features that the tour now sports:
- Beautiful professional photography in the catalog (that you totally get to keep)
- An “AIA Homes Tour” iPhone app with maps, photos, links and information about the houses
- A bicycle tour with suggested routes and bike racks at each home. City Councilman Chris Riley will kick off the bike tour on Saturday at the Center for Architecture
The first Austin AIA Homes Tour was in 1987 and featured seven Austin homes that had been remodeled. It wasn’t a full weekend event like it was today; for $5 you could peek at those seven homes for one afternoon only. About 500 people took that first tour and the catalogs weren’t much more than hand drawings on just one sheet of paper. Last year’s tour saw 5,000 people walk through the homes.
It’s not too late to get your tickets in advance; Prior to the weekend of the tour, tickets are $25 if purchased in person at places like Zinger Hardware and at AIA Austin offices and $27 online. You can also buy a ticket at any house on the tour during the weekend for $30. Tour hours are 10am to 6pm October 1st and October 2nd.
All photography in this photo essay by Whit Preston.