Austin Modern Home Tour 2020: Here’s what you’ll see

The 12th annual Austin Modern Home Tour, founded by GoodLife Luxury and produced by Modern Architecture and Design Studio, takes place on a cool date if you’re into numerology (or something else): February 22 (or 2/22). 20, as a graphic) designers sometimes like to say it). As always, the tour opens up to the public some of the best examples of modern and contemporary home design in the city and provides an opportunity to speak to the architects and builders who designed and built these homes.

The tour mix for 2020 is stylistically diverse, with all the houses interpreting what “modern” means in different ways. Some, like a contemporary of Foresite in South Austin, might add “farmhouse” to this descriptor without missing out. Then there are conversions of houses that are still on the timeline of modernity – one by Barley | Pfeiffer Architecture, which dates back to the Prairie style, is a mid-century modern home built in 1964 by Austins AD Stenger and renovated and updated by Matt Fajkus Architecture and Miars Construction and another mid-century house, built in 1953, was by Bercy Chen rebuilt and expanded. A house designed by Elizabeth Baird in East Austin looks even further back, with a modernist style in the classic bungalow style, with (surprise) new construction and others leaning further forward into a full blown contemporary style.

Most tour houses recognize the importance of the river and transition indoors and outdoors, a modernist tradition. The DK Studios offer a multi-storey house that offers both spacious terraces and glass walls and a direct view of the undergrowth and the covered levels of oak and cedar trees that cover the backyard on the hillside. A two-story contemporary of Joseph Design Build in South Austin is doing something similar in a more urban way.

Regardless of how they manifest the modernist ethos, all participating houses demonstrate the value of understatement with clean lines, no-frills details and large, open spaces.

Below are some insights into what tour attendees can expect. The tour afterparty takes place at Starlight Village – Leander’s planned parish with all of its mid-century style houses and communal facilities – and is a must see if you haven’t been there.

Foothill Residence, Colorado foothills

Andrea Calo

Andrea Calo

Architect: Calvin Chen, Bercy Chen Studio

Maker: Bercy Chen Studio

Landscape: Open the Envelope Studio

Photography: Andrea Calo

Originally built: 1953

New York Avenue, central east Austin

Jake Holt Photography

Jake Holt Photography

Builder: Texas Construction Company

Architect: Elizabeth Baird

Photography: Jake Holt Photography

Hangar 1111, East Austin

East Austin

Builder: Thurman Homes

Architect: Kipp Flores

Interior: CC Studio

Photography: virtue

South Park, Dawson

Builder: Newcastle Homes

Architect: Michael Diani, MADWORKS Architecture

Photography: Newcastle Homes / Corona Visual

Ridgewood Residence Home, Rollingwood

Architect: MF Architecture

Builder: Miars Construction

Photography: Leonid Furmansky

Originally built: 1964

South 2nd Street, Bouldin Creek

Developer: Joseph Design Build

Interior design: Slic Design

ATX LED lighting

LED photography: Lars Frazer

Exterior images courtesy of Joseph Design Build

Modern Prairie, Northwest Austin

Architect: Alan Barley, AIA and Peter Pfeiffer, FAIA

Builder: Oliver Custom Homes

Photography: Mark Adams Media

Mount Larson Road, Mount Larson

Architect: DK Studios

Builder: LBR Homes

Photography: Courtesy of LBR Homes

Originally built: 1992

Piccus residence, East Austin

Builder: Verde Builders Custom Homes

Architect: Pavonetti Architecture

Photography: Twist Tours

Portofino Ridge Drive, Barton Creek

Architect: Mark Carlson, Cornerstone Architects

Maker: Matt Butterfield, Butterfield Custom Homes

Interiors: Amy Lutz, Butter Lutz interiors

Photography: James Leasure, MA + DS

#TheAntiFlip, Zilker

Build & Design: ESS Design + Build

Photography: TwistTours / Allison Cartright

South 3rd Street, Bouldin Creek

Architect & Builder: Forsite Studio

Photography: Ryan Baldridge

Comments are closed.