The 9th Annual Houston Modern Home Tour offers design enthusiasts, the architecturally curious, and even those who want to be tourists in their hometown a chance to see just a little bit of what makes Houston unique.
The eight homes selected for the self-guided experience are different expressions of the city's modern architecture, as well as the individual expressions of the homeowners.
The tour takes place on Saturday, September 21, from 11 am to 5 pm. Presented by BEC Engineers and Consultants and led by the Modern Architecture + Design Society (MA+DS), the home tour will benefit the University of Houston’s American Institute of Architecture Students chapter.
The tour takes attendees through homes in Bellaire, Emancipation Park, University Place, Shady Acres, the Galleria area, Garden Oaks, Memorial Park, and Southside Place. The full list of homes featured is available on the website.
Visitors can see spaces like a brand-new four-story modern home in Shady Acres designed by Charles Todd Helton. The 3,800-square-foot space presented a number of design challenges, including how to incorporate the living space the owners wanted into the existing lot size, as well as preserving three trees. The result is a multi-level space with elevators, stairs, and lots of light.
On University Boulevard, a studioMET-designed home was built with the needs of a family with small children in mind. The owners wanted a place that allowed space for the kids to play, as well as giving the family privacy and offering a beautiful integration to the existing urban streetscape. The home is an open-concept masterpiece with floor-to-ceiling windows and loads of natural light.
Then there's the 6,000-square-foot "Cape Cod Modern" that's close to Memorial Park with a layout and design that wraps around the centrally placed pool and spa, offering access to outdoor living and dining spaces that directly connect to the home’s interiors. Designed by MASA Studio Architects, the house is currently for sale, listed at $3.7 million.
“The Houston Modern Home Tour is one of our longest-running tours and a solid cornerstone of our entire Modern Home Tour series,” said MA+DS founder and president James Leasure in a press release announcing the event. “The Modern Home Tour started in Austin and quickly branched out to Houston. Our ninth year lineup is looking stronger than ever. It is a true testament to Houston’s amazing, inspiring, and increasingly diverse in design modern architecture movement.”
UH students will serve as volunteers for the event, allowing them not only to fundraise for their association but also network with the architects and designers behind the event.
The tour is a family-friendly event, although it's recommended for children ages 10 and older. Organizers are betting that it will not only provide visitors with a glimpse into some of the city's most striking examples of modern architecture, but it will also offer inspiration for decor and design.
The 9th Annual Houston Modern Home Tour takes place on Saturday, September 21, from 11 am to 5 pm. Advance tickets are $40; they will be $50 on the day of the event.