Silicon Valley, Sonoma Modern Home Tour shines a virtual spotlight on stunning Bay Area homes

After being sidelined last year by the pandemic and stay-at-home orders, the Modern Architecture + Design Society signature event returns next Saturday, June 26, with its Modern Home Tour featuring six stunning Bay Area homes, served up online and with 3-D technology.

The tour, which highlights modern home design and architecture, expands outside its usual Silicon Valley stomping grounds to include homes in the Oakland area, Los Altos, Sacramento and Sonoma.

There’s a Round House in Los Altos that evokes the 1960s, but with sleek, 21st-century polish, and a Sonoma spot that takes “green” living to new levels. An Oakland house, built by two architects for themselves, turns a small footprint into big style. A Sacramento house remodel which morphed into an entirely new, thoughtfully-designed house, tackles hot summers with style. Frank Lloyd Wright provided inspiration for a Los Altos design, while a Wine Country home seemingly floats among the vineyards.

Discussions and Q&As with the society’s hosts and the architects, builders and homeowners will be presented during the live virtual tour, giving viewers all the details and background of each project.

“We’re really excited to return to Silicon Valley with our virtual tour this year,” MA+DS founder James Leasure said. “During our in-person events, most visitors would explore each home on their own, and perhaps ask a question on their way out the door. During our virtual events, we explore the homes as a group and discuss the project’s story with the people that created it. The event is 100 percent interactive, live with the architects, so it’s as close to an in-person tour as we could possibly create.”

Each segment will be recorded and made available after the live event, allowing tourgoers to revisit segments, watch anything they missed on tour day and explore many of the 3D scans on their own.

Check out the links for information and photos of the featured homes:

“The Round House,” Los Altos

Mocabee house and studio barn, Sonoma

The “Green” house, Sonoma

The “Cool” house, Sacramento

Prairie style house, Los Altos

Small house, big design, Oakland


Time: Tours run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 26

Cost: $40 for general admission to the Bay Area tour; $149 for a season pass that includes five other modern home tours around the country and access to past tours

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