Tour Austin's Modern Homes

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


Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 314 Ridgewood Rd. back
Photo by Andrew Pogue Photography
Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 314 Ridgewood Rd. dining
Photo by Andrew Pogue Photography
Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 700 West Monroe living
Photo by Ethan Stead
Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 700 West Monroe pool
Photo by Ethan Stead
Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 1010 Juniper St. front view
Photo by Caroline Mowry
Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 1021 W. Milton interior
Photo by Kimberley Davis
1500 Oxford Ave. kitchen
Photo by Trey Hnter
Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 1911 Cliff Street Unit 3 interior
Photo by Atelier Wong Photography
Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 2017 Hamilton Ave. exterior corner
Photo by Elena Grey
Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 2017 Hamilton Ave. island
Photo by Elena Grey
Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 2601 Pickwick Ln. back
Photo by Thomas McConnell Photography
Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 2601 Pickwick Ln. living
Photo by Thomas McConnell Photography
Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 2704 Rock Terrace Dr. living
Photo by Allison Cartwright
Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 4503 Oakmont Blvd. kitchen
Photo by Carol Roberto-Hasty
Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 6709 Vireo Cove Dr. exterior
Photo courtesy of Sago International
6909 Daugherty living
Photo by Atelier Wong Photography
Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 4902 Tortuga Pl. living
Photo by Paul Bardagjy
Austin Modern Home Tour 2014 4902 Tortuga Pl. exterior
Photo by Paul Bardagjy

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

 

314 Ridgewood Rd. dining room and kitchen

700 West Monroe living room

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

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

1021 West Milton Street

1500 Oxford Avenue kitchen

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

2017 Hamilton Avenue

2017 Hamilton Avenue kitchen

2601 Pickwick Lane

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."

 

​2601 Pickwick Lane living room

2704 Rock Terrace Drive

4503 Oakmont Blvd. kitchen

6709 Vireo Cove Drive

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
 

4902 Tortuga Place living room

"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

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