Due to its cobbled together nature, Dallas isn't immediately thought of as an architectural hub. We demolish and rebuild, giving our downtown and skyline an often bizarre outfitting of eras and stylistic decisions. To truly see the best of Dallas architecture, you need to venture into the residential areas, a fact proven this weekend during the 2012 AIA Dallas Tour Of Homes, happening this Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th. The tour generously shared some advance photos with us for you to ogle over. Please don't drool on your work computer.
Let's do a visual breaking and entering to the above-pictured residence that sits gloriously on Caruth Boulevard. It's eco-savy, boasting a Gold LEED certification and was created by architect/owner Tom Reisenbichler. It was photographed by Brett Janak.
I bet it smells so good in there.
Their outdoor furniture is much nicer than my indoor furniture.
I wouldn't dirty this beautiful kitchen with food preparation. Instead, I would drink wine until passing out, with my face pressed against those smooth, wooden walls.
Who would ever leave this room?
Soaking in this tub would be amazing: You'd feel like human guacamole.
You could almost check the burgers from the pool.
While slightly more subtle than some of its ultra-modern neighbors, this home on Coronado Avenue home is filled with treasures. It also has the warmth of a residence where people actually live and do human things in, like leaving a sock on the floor. Let's go inside.
I love that Danish modern buffet and low-hanging chandelier. These home owners are either tiny or nimble.
Food would just taste better with all of this natural light.
This bedroom + The New York Times = A lifetime of perfect Sundays.
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It's like an adult tree house, ripped from the pages of Dwell.
See all eight homes on the tour this weekend for just $25 bucks (if purchased in advance). You can visit single residences for $10 each. Go here to get your passes and take a look at the other gorgeous properties designed by local architects.
We've also got a pair of passes to give away. Try for those here.