Every year for 33 years, AIA Austin has produced what has become a nationally-recognized tour of new and newly-renovated homes designed by architects for specific clients. But, in 2020, it’s a new world—we know that architecture is best experienced in person, but the current situation calls for radical new ideas. This year the AIA is creating an online experience for a global audience to celebrate the talent of Austin’s local architects, with both traditional and contemporary designs. Expect stunning video, self-guided 360-degree virtual walkthroughs, a live session with each architect, and more.
The 2020 AIA Austin Homes Tour is scheduled for October 16-19, 2020, with live sessions on October 17 & 18.
SEEN ABOVE, THE RIDGE HOUSE, by THOUGHTBARN:
This Barton Hills 2586 square foot renovation sits in a grove of heritage oaks on a large urban lot. A distinctive angular roof form and black vertical siding simultaneously camouflage and contrast the three-bedroom, three-bath house with its leafy surroundings. The siding is a common fiber-cement ‘board and batten’. Painted black, with battens multiplied in a dense, vertical pattern, the house takes on artful, forest-like qualities.
The floor plan is organized with a public wing, a private wing and a living room bridging between. Initially a renovation project, the footprint retains vestiges of the original, which allowed certain ‘grandfathered’ areas of the trees’ root zones to be built over.
Inside, the client’s distinctive tastes are reflected in an eclectic palette of walnut millwork, patterned tile, and colorful textiles. Buried at the center of the house is a bathroom bathed in light from overhead, a sanctum-like retreat from the exuberant embrace of the outdoors elsewhere in the house.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOBIN DAVIES