Peek at the dazzling design of the Austin Modern Home Tour

The 11th annual Austin Modern Home Tour, founded by GoodLife Luxury and produced by Modern Architecture and Design Studio, takes place this Saturday. As always, the tour opens up to the public some of the best examples of modern and contemporary residential 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 2019 is stylistically diverse, with all the houses interpreting what “modern” means in different ways. Some, like a mid-century style residential complex in the Holly neighborhood and the Starlight Village in Leander, point to specific historical spots in modernist art and architecture. Others – notably Casa Marrakesh, also in East Austin – interpret architecture of different styles and locations through a modernist lens.

Most tour houses recognize the importance of the river and transition indoors and outdoors, a modernist tradition. MJ Neal Architect’s renovation of a home by popular mid-century architect / contractor AJ Stenger is an exciting example of this and a nod to the history of the city. There’s also an emphasis on reuse and reinvention – as in the case of the River Ranch Remodel, which takes a contemporary pass in the 1950s-1970s ranch house, a result of modernism that was particularly popular in the U.S.

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. Since this year’s after-party is at Starlight Village – the brand new development in Leander that includes all of the mid-century style homes and community facilities, that’s where we start.

Starlight Villlage Loop

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Starlight Village, Leander, Texas

Architecture: Woodhill Studios

Number of bedrooms: 3

Number of bathrooms: 2.5

Approximate square footage: 2,007

Year of construction: 2017

Spaces and faces

Dror Baldinger, AIA

Rollingwood

Architecture: Matt Fajkus Architecture

Builder: Brodie Builders

Interior designer (level 1): Joel Mozersky

Interior Designer (Level 2): ​​Gingerwood

Landscape Architect: Open Envelope Studio

Number of bedrooms: 4

Number of bathrooms: 5

Approximate square footage: 4,849

Year of construction: 2016

Holly

Architect: Glen Chappell

Builder: ESS Design + Build

Number of bedrooms: 5

Number of bathrooms: 3.5

Approximate square footage: 2,104

Year of construction: 2016

Andrea Calo

Andrea Calo

Casa Marrakech, Blackshear-Prospect Hill

Architect: Bercy Chen Studio

Number of bedrooms: 2

Number of bathrooms: 2

Approximate square footage: 2,100

Year of construction: 2017

Adam Dubich

Adam Dubich

East MLK

Architect: Kipp Flores

Builder: Thurman Homes

Interiors: Texas Staged Homes, CC Studio

Number of bedrooms: 3

Number of bathrooms: 2.5

Approximate square footage: 1,730

Year of construction: 2019

Society for modern architecture + design

Society for modern architecture + design

North loop

Builder: Newcastle Homes

Number of bedrooms: 2

Number of bathrooms: 2

Approximate square footage: 944

Year of construction: 2018

Alan Barley, AIA

Alan Barley, AIA

Tarrytown

Architect: Barley | Pfeiffer Architecture

Maker: Ray Tonjes

Number of bedrooms: 2

Number of bathrooms: 2.5

Approximate square footage: 2,428

Year of construction: 1960s, renovated in 2017

Tre Dunham, fine focus photography

Tre Dunham, fine focus photography

Wild Basin Highlands

Architect: Cornerstone Architects

Maker: Trey Smith

Interior design: Bob Wetmore AIA, RID

Number of bedrooms: 3

Number of bathrooms: 4

Approximate square footage: 3,763

Year of construction: 2016

Leonid Furmansky

Leonid Furmansky

Zilker

Architect: Derrington Design Studios

Builder: Shelter Home Building

Number of bedrooms: 4

Number of bathrooms: 3.5

Approximate square footage: 2,371

Year of construction: 2018

Meredith Tankersley courtesy of DEN Property Group

Meredith Tankersley courtesy of DEN Property Group

Barton Hills

Architect: MJ Neal

Number of bedrooms: 3

Number of bathrooms: 3

Approximate square footage: 2,250

Year of construction: late 1950s to early 1960s

Renovation: 2017

Jonathan Dean

Jonathan Dean

Zilker

Design / Developer: Joseph Design / Build

Interior design: Slic Design

Number of bedrooms: 3

Number of bathrooms: 3.5

Approximate square footage: 2,219

Year of construction: 2018

Travis Baker, Twist Tours

Travis Baker, Twist Tours

Central East Austin

Architect: Chase Dane

Builder: Verde Custom Builders

Number of bedrooms: 3

Number of bathrooms: 2.5

Approximate square footage: 2,450

Year of construction: 2018

Tre Dunham, fine focus photography

Tre Dunham, fine focus photography

North Cat Mountain

Architect: Eckstein

Interior design: wheelhouse design

Number of bedrooms: 5

Number of bathrooms: 5

Approximate square footage: 4,289

Year of construction: 2018

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