Houston Modern Home Tour

Houston Modern Home Tour showcases city's best new contemporary design and architecture


Houston Modern Home Tour September 2014 821 Bunker Hill 2Scale Architects exterior day
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Houston Modern Home Tour September 2014 821 Bunker Hill 2Scale Architects living room
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Houston Modern Home Tour September 2014 821 Bunker Hill 2Scale Architects kitchen
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Houston Modern Home Tour September 2014 845 Pecanwood Lane by Lisa Pope-Westerman 3172.ZC1L2887
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Houston Modern Home Tour September 2014 845 Pecanwood Lane by Lisa Pope-Westerman living room 3172.ZC1L2773
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Houston Modern Home Tour September 2014 845 Pecanwood Lane by Lisa Pope-Westerman kitchen 3172.ZC1L2742
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Houston Modern Home Tour September 2014 530 Oxford St. Bianchi Architects exterior oxford04
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Houston Modern Home Tour September 2014 530 Oxford St. Bianchi Architects exterior oxford first floor
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Houston Modern Home Tour September 2014 530 Oxford St. Bianchi Architects exterior oxford bath
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4 Houston Modern Home Tour September 2014 3320 University Blvd (Carol Isaak Barden plus Co)
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3 Houston Modern Home Tour September 2014 3320 University Blvd (Carol Isaak Barden plus Co)
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2 Houston Modern Home Tour September 2014 3320 University Blvd (Carol Isaak Barden plus Co)
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Houston Modern Home Tour September 2014 5302 Mandell St. Bianchi Architects exterior
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Houston Modern Home Tour September 2014 5302 Mandell St. Bianchi Architects living room
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Houston Modern Home Tour September 2014 5302 Mandell St. Bianchi Architects pool
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Houston Modern Home Tour September 2014 5319 Jackson Intexure Architects bedroom Heijnen-Kavelaars Residence Master
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Houston Modern Home Tour September 2014 5319 Jackson Intexure Architects bedroom Heijnen-Kavelaars Residence Master
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1 Houston Modern Home Tour September 2014 136 East 23rd Street (Robertson Design)
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2 Houston Modern Home Tour September 2014 136 East 23rd Street (Robertson Design)
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Seven modern architectural beauties showcasing some of the city's best creations in contemporary design can be seen  this weekend at the Houston Modern Home Tour.

Tickets for the self-driving, self-paced tour, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, are $30 each by advance purchase through 8 p.m. Friday via the Modern Home Tours website. They will be available at three will-call homes starting at 11 a.m. the day of the tour: 136 E. 23rd St., 3320 University Blvd. and 821 Bunker Hill.

Tickets also may be purchased for $40 each at any of the tour homes beginning at 11 am. Sept. 20. Children ages 12 and younger are admitted free.

Take a look through this photo essay for a peek at this year's featured homes.

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821 Bunker Hill
Architecture: 2Scale Architects

Inspired by the contemporary architecture of Mexico, this custom home exudes a resort-like ambiance with private walls in front and reflecting pools in back. Note the simple yet sophisticated building materials and lines that help create a calm living experience.

821 Bunker Hill

Floor-to-ceiling glass walls with sliding doors expand interior living to the outdoors. 

821 Bunker Hill

State-of-the-art amenities, as found in the kitchen, make this house perfect for a family who loves to entertain.

845 Pecanwood Lane
Designer: Lisa Pope-Westerman
Interior Designer: Lisa Pope-Westerman

This house sits 42 inches above ground on a concrete pier foundation and steel framing system to expand the life of the surrounding trees as their roots extend within the top 8 inches of soil. The lift was also employed to work around a fault line. Because of its height from the ground, the residence appears to float.

845 Pecanwood Lane

Inside, the house is light, bright and open and takes its floor-plan cues from commercial retail and restaurant spaces. 

845 Pecanwood Lane

Many of the kitchen, bathroom and light fixtures in the house are commercial grade - not typically seen in residential applications.

530 Oxford St.
Architect: Allen Bianchi Architects

Designed for a triangular-shaped lot, this 3,000-square-foot house features an artist's studio on the entire third floor. The first and second floors also follow the shape of this parcel of land with open plans that enhance circulation and natural light.

530 Oxford St.

A look into the main living area shows the kitchen tucked in the triangle corner at back.

530 Oxford St.

Again, the flow of the house uses every square inch within the triangular design, as here with a corner shower at the end of this bath.

3320 University Blvd.
Architect: Scott Strasser
Builder/Design: Carol Isaak Barden

Carol Isaak Barden teamed up with architect Scott Strasser for her 17th house, this one named "The House of Many Gardens." Located in Rice Village, the two-story residence offers scenic surprises around every corner of the five-bedroom, four-and-one-half bath structure.

 

3320 University Blvd.

Known for her warm Pacific Northwest interiors, Barden planned uninterrupted garden views beginning at the entrance, into the kitchen and living area and even in the master bath.

3320 University Blvd.

Carefully placed windows frame the green spaces like paintings, from a small garden welcoming guests to the entrance to a horizontal floor-level window overlooking a flower bed outside the living room to walls cut for glimpses at neighboring trees.

5302 Mandell St.
Architect: Allen Bianchi Architect

A touch of the Mediterranean combined with contemporary flair brings this home to the 2014 Houston Modern Home Tour. Sculptural forms make connection to the nearby Museum District.

5302 Mandell St.

The main themes throughout the residence are natural light and flowing open spaces.

5302 Mandell St.

The design provides privacy for the homeowners, as well as indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces.

5319 Jackson
Architects: Russell Hruska and Rame Hruska
Design/Build: Intexture Architects

This modern home truly feels like a home. The neutral palette with playful color about gives the residence a cozy ambiance.

5319 Jackson

The two-story structure incorporates a mix of large and small spaces.

5319 Jackson

Here is one example of the playful color touches found throughout the home.

136 E. 23rd St.
Builder/Design/Interior Design: Robertson Design

This home is composed of three elements: A concrete box, a wooden box and the low concrete wall that encloses the entry courtyard. The design of this modest house has a definite Japanese influence.

136 E. 23rd St.

Another look at 136 E. 23rd St.

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