Explore Modern Residential Architecture in the East Bay

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On October 20th, Modern Home Tours returns to the San Francisco area for the East Bay Modern Home Tour. Explore some of the area’s greatest examples of residential modern architecture in this self-guided tour. Local architects and national tour curator available for interviews to discuss the tour and modern architecture tends in the East Bay.

The natural canvas of the area is really breathtaking... architects have made sure that their clients get to live in houses that celebrate the surroundings.

This weekend, the East Bay Modern Home Tour offers a fun day of local exploration for San Francisco area residents.

The East Bay Modern Home Tour is a self-guided driving tour that will feature architecturally progressive and contemporary homes in San Francisco’s East Bay communities that exemplify modern living. Tour-goers have the chance to explore some of the greatest designs in modern home architecture in their area, seeing first-hand the visually astounding principles of modernist thinking—i.e. clean lines, simple volumes, connections between inside and out, creative storage, minimal decoration, cutting edge building science and sustainable techniques. A truly modern home is a marriage of craft, science, and talent.

Ingrid Spencer, former managing editor and current contributing editor for Architectural Record magazine in New York City, selected the homes for the East Bay Modern Home Tour. Neighborhood and architects featured on the tour include:

  •     A contemporary home on the Oakland Hills Ridge by Robert Nebolon Architects
  •     The Swatt Residence in Lafayette, designed (and lived-in!) by Swatt Miers
  •     A redesigned mid-century modern home in Berkeley by Koch Architects, Inc.
  •     A re-interpreted traditional California suburban rancher in Moraga by ellipsis a+d and Geoffrey Holton and Associates
  •     A Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home in Orinda designed by David Boone

Spencer says Bay Area residential architects, particularly those in the East Bay, appreciate a form of modernism that never turns its back on its location.

“The natural canvas of the area is really breathtaking,” says Spencer. “From the shores of the Bay to the sprawling bridges, from the rolling hills and diverse vegetation to the wonderful climate, it’s all there in the East Bay. And from the middle of the 20th century to the present day, architects have made sure that their clients get to live in houses that celebrate the surroundings.”

Homes participating in the East Bay Modern Home Tour will open their doors to tour-goers from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Saturday, October 20th, in and around the East Bay area. Tickets are $25 in advance online; available for $30 on the day of the tour at select ‘start’ locations. Kids under 12 are FREE!

For more details, a current list of homes, and all ticket information, please visit http://eastbay.modernhometours.com.

About Modern Home Tours, LLC: Based in Austin, Texas, Modern Home Tours, LLC was founded by partners Matt Swinney & James Leasure to introduce Modern architecture and living to people across the nation. Through fun and informative tours in dozens of cities across the USA and Canada, we invite people into some of the most exciting examples of Modern architecture and design in the nation. With carefully selected architects, neighborhoods and architecture, our home tours are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Not only will you learn about the cutting edge of home design while on our tours, but you might even get an idea or two for your next home project!

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