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A first look at this weekend's Modern Home Tour Austin

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Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 314 Ridgewood Rd. back

The Modern Home Tour Austin, held Saturday, February 1, is a carefully crafted exhibition of 13 homes featuring the finest in Austin modernism. 

CultureMap chatted with Ingrid Spencer, curator of the tour, about modernism in Austin, her favorite trends and what to expect from this year's featured architecture. Spencer, who worked for Architectural Record in New York before moving to Austin, has been in charge of seeking out the city's best modern homes for the past seven years.

Her love of modernism is an extension of her love of architecture and, perhaps even more so, her love of architects. "I love that they have this mix of science and art to create," says Spencer.

Tickets for the self-guided tour are $30. They can be purchased here. Here, Spencer offers a little insight into her picks for this year's tour.

314 Ridgewood Road

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Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 314 Ridgewood Rd. dining

 

314 Ridgewood Rd. dining room and kitchen

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Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 700 West Monroe living

700 West Monroe living room

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Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 700 West Monroe pool

Spencer on designing for multiple generations: "This home is a great example of "aging in place." It's details like that I want people to see. You get this rare opportunity to see into people's lives. [This is] a house [designed] for multiple generations to in mind.

700 West Monroe pool

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Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 1010 Juniper St. front view

Spencer on curating the homes: "Location is really important. There are so many different examples of modernism, we try and not show a group of houses that are similiar. We try to mix it up a bit."

1010 Juniper Street

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Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 1021 W. Milton interior

1021 West Milton Street

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1500 Oxford Ave. kitchen

1500 Oxford Avenue kitchen

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Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 1911 Cliff Street Unit 3 interior

On trends: "This year I'm seeing a lot of integration between indoors and out. [The architects] are opening [the spaces] to elements and light. It's a really fascinating trend."

 

1911 Cliff Street, Unit 3

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Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 2017 Hamilton Ave. exterior corner

2017 Hamilton Avenue

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Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 2017 Hamilton Ave. island

2017 Hamilton Avenue kitchen

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Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 2601 Pickwick Ln. back

2601 Pickwick Lane

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Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 2601 Pickwick Ln. living

On what makes Austin unique:  "Austin has its own little things  — the authenticity of materials, limestone, things like that. But it's also so hot in the summer that architects capture the light in different ways then they would in, say, Southern California. In Austin we need different ways to integrate the light."

 

‚Äč2601 Pickwick Lane living room

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Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 2704 Rock Terrace Dr. living

2704 Rock Terrace Drive

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Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 4503 Oakmont Blvd. kitchen

4503 Oakmont Blvd. kitchen

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Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 6709 Vireo Cove Dr. exterior

6709 Vireo Cove Drive

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6909 Daugherty living

Spencer on space:  [Many of these homes] are in dense urban areas and a little bit smaller than in years past. I like that conservation of space. I think people are realizing that a well designed house doesn't mean a giant house.

6909 Daugherty living room
 

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Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 4902 Tortuga Pl. living

4902 Tortuga Place living room

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Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 4902 Tortuga Pl. exterior

"I love modern architecture and my hope is that [the tour will help]people understand it better. And if they have a project in mind, they will see an architect that they like," says Spencer

4902 Tortuga Place