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Check out the latest residential design trends
in Menlo Park, Woodside and Portola Valley

The 2016 Silicon Valley Home Tours connects architects,
homeowners and anyone interested in designing beautiful homes
in a responsible, sustainable fashion.
Saturday, August 6
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A joint partnership hosted by the
American Institute of Architects, Santa Clara Valley and San Mateo Chapters
During this self-guided tour, participants will see some of Silicon Valley's most modern and cutting-edge residential projects from the inside out, as well as the opportunity to meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover design solutions that inspire unique bay area living. Tours promote awareness and understanding of excellent design, as well as demonstrate the positive impact of design as it contributes to our economy, environment and community identity.

Menlo Oaks III

Inspired by the honest simplicity of traditional farm houses, but the interiors are detailed with a modern sensibility - traditional materials used without unnecessary ornament that express the act of building with clean lines. The ample south-facing glazing and high ceilings combine to fill spaces with natural light.

Case Study Home

The design was inspired by the owner’s fascination with the Southern California Case Study contemporary homes of the 1950’s which featured large expanses of glass, open floor plans and the concept of open interior spaces and bringing the outdoors in. Other stylistic elements include horizontal low profile roof planes, trellis structures, and exterior finish materials such as stucco, wood, steel and brick. 

Old La Honda Residence

Significant earthwork restored natural grades to a large cut and fill area that scared the hillside 60 years ago. Sited between steep forest above and a 90 year old orchard and meadow below, the house is located in a corner of the site that utilizes the geography by carving strong, intimate space into the landscape taking advantage of spectacular cross-bay and valley views.

Westridge Residence

With the structure’s open space carefully defining and detailing, outdoor rooms and interior spaces flow systematically together, echoing natural forms and landscape directions throughout its free flowing, interlocking spaces.

Learn more about these Homes
To learn more about our featured homes, visit us at
For questions or opportunities to speak directly with our featured Architects,
contact AIA Santa Clara Valley Chapter Executive Director, April Becerra at or 408-298-0611.

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