AIA Unlocks Doors in Marin County for Home Tour
by Ian Volner | Monday, April 11, 2011 | 4 Comments
Since 2002, the American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter has been leading a series of September home tours, giving locals a sneak peak inside a handful of outstanding Bay Area residences. So popular, in fact, are these San Francisco Living: Home Tours, that last year the AIA expanded the program northward: scenic Marin County now plays host to Marin Living, and the second annual edition kicks off Saturday, May 21st.
This year’s Marin tour will highlight five homes from five area practices. Aidlin Darling Design‘s Courtyard House is first on the docket, an eco-friendly manse of interconnecting pavilions centered on an enclosed garden. Bull Stockwell Allen Architects is next up: their Kellogg Residence is a “shoebox” of rooms lined up along a corridor-length skylight. The Graham Residence by Fischer Architecture takes in expansive views while giving pride of place to the family art collection. The Tiburon Residence from Nick Noyes Architecture teeters at the summit of a precipitous cliff, while at Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects‘ Hillside Residence, the cliff becomes the building, with a “living roof” that makes the house a seamless part of the landscape.
Designers will be on hand to meet and talk with visitors during the May 21 tours, and there will be as-yet-unspecified extramural programs that weekend further exploring new home trends. Tickets are on sale now online, with discounts available for AIA members as well as for bikers willing to brave the roller coaster hills of Marin.