Attendees can see KUBE Architecture’s renovation of a 1950 Charles Goodman home in Silver Spring.
McInturff Architects’ transformation of a mid-century Takoma Park home will be on view.
McInturff Architects’ transformation of a mid-century Takoma Park home will be on view.

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The DC Metro Modern Home Tour highlights contemporary gems

A spin around the Beltway will be worth the trip on October 5, when the DC Metro Modern Home Tour welcomes attendees on self-guided tours of six contemporary residences in Maryland and Virginia.

Among the highlights: a universally designed home by Cox Graae + Spack Architects in Garrett Park; a sustainable Arlington abode with a rooftop garden by Paola One Design LLC; and a bold Takoma Park renovation by Mark McInturff, finished in colors inspired by Richard Diebenkorn’s “Ocean Park” series. The event will also showcase a Silver Spring renovation by Kube Architecture, a new Fairfax home by architect Hyun Kim and a Great Falls residence designed by Whipple Russell Architects.

Now in its third year in DC, the tour was conceived in Austin, Texas, by the Modern Architecture + Design Society to introduce innovative contemporary architecture to the public. Since 2009, the group has sponsored tours in more than 25 cities in the U.S. and Canada.

“Residential architects and designers work on incredible projects,” explains MA+DS vice president Ken Shallcross, “yet only the people who live in them get to enjoy them.” Despite the dominance of traditional architecture in the DC area, he says, “it has a nice pocket of modern design and a growing community of awesome modern architects. People get to see their work and both sides get something out of it.” Tour tickets start at $40; visit mads.media.