MA+DS San Diego Modern Home Tour – Oct. 15, 2016

The MODERN ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN SOCIETY 2016 San Diego Modern Home Tour Ticket Presale is now closed, but we would still love see you!

We invite you to tour the properties, meet the architects, and talk to the homeowners on Saturday, October 15 between 11am and 5pm. Tickets are $40 at the door of any Tour home.

To get started, just download a tour map, print it out, and buy your wristband at the door!   We hope to see you on Saturday, October 15, and we thank you for supporting Archtoberfest and local architecture!

When: Saturday, October 15, 11am to 5pm
Where:  Please scroll down to preview the homes and see a map. Ticket buyers may visit the homes at their own pace and in any order on Tour day.

2016 MA+DS Modern Home Tour Map:


A – La Jolla, CA
Architects: David Hertz & Marmol Radziner
Photography: Aloha PhotoVideo






Brand new modern architectural masterpiece designed by renowned architect David Hertz in collaboration with Marmol Radziner, named in the top 100 architects of the world. This home provides energy efficient living spaces combined with a harmonious composition of textures and craftsmanship. Reclaimed Indonesian teak hardwood flooring establishes a rich meditative tone that combines beautifully with the fully retractable walls of glass and outdoor teak decking for a seamless connection to the outdoors. Glass doors open to quiet patio space with relaxing pool and spa. The modern kitchen is home to Italian tile, custom walnut cabinetry and top-of-the-line appliances. Upstairs, the master bedroom suite includes custom Japanese-style soaking tub in the master bath, custom concrete bathroom sinks, and high performance heat mirrored glazed panels with a three story window wall. Enjoy the expansive ocean view from the 2,000 square foot hardwood rooftop deck with fire pit. Utilizing the latest technology, this property has been pre-wired for Crestron home speakers and home automation as well as pre-wired for solar. The landscape is drought tolerant with native Californian plants, and two live oaks grown exclusively for the home. 5633 Taft combines the best in Bird Rock views and walkability, with meticulously planned architecture to create a one-of-a-kind home.

B – San Diego, CA
Architect: Nakhshab Development & Design, Inc.
Photography: Paul Body






Clea House is a LEED Gold Certified mid-century modern-inspired home designed and built by Nakhshab Development & Design. Its unique architecture complements the surrounding landscape and preserves the property’s existing terrain with a seamless cantilever design. Elegantly perched on a three-story access column that encases an elevator, a stairway and one “bonus” room per floor, the nearly 4,000 square-foot Clea House functions primarily as a single-level residence with large, open spaces that beautifully blend the indoors with the outdoors.

• 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms
• Elevator access
• 2 Car garage that features a “living” roof
• Panoramic views out a front wall of windows that spans almost the entire length of the home
• Custom teak cabinetry in the living room and kitchen to create an elegant minimalist aesthetic
• 7-foot long custom metal crafted fireplace
• Large Carrara marble island
• 20-foot wide Fleetwood sliding glass doors that open to an expansive outdoor patio from the living room, kitchen and dining room
• Large rooftop 2,000 SF deck on which residents enjoy the beautiful San Diego climate and peaceful canyon setting
• An array of 25 discreet solar panels integrated into the rooftop design to provide an annual 11,200 kWh of power.
• Flush doors with hidden frames throughout the home
• Elegant energy and water efficient fixtures and fittings
• Oversized showers including an impressive 10-foot wide enclosure in the master bath that includes his and her dual showers
• High efficiency LED lighting with motion sensors
• Energy Star appliances
• Limestone tile + Engineered Oak Floors
• Quiet canyon setting with treetop views and plenty of privacy

C – San Diego, CA
Architect: De Bartolo + Rimanic Design Studio, Pauly De Bartolo
Photography: Rancho Photos

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This is a new home built by Tourmaline Properties in North Pacific Beach with ocean and bay views from second floor and roof deck. Ocean views from master bedroom and master balcony. Features include a standing seam metal roof, mahogany siding, Western windows and door systems, hardwood floors throughout, Silestone countertops, Heath Ceramics tile, and Thermador appliances.

D – La Jolla, CA
Architect/Interior Design: MSA & Assoc., inc, Simi Razavian




Simi Razavian CGBD, LEED AP, the architect and partner at MSA & Associates Inc. has designed and developed numerous green homes in Southern Ca. and have lived and worked in La Jolla for more than two decades. In 2011, they took on this project for a Northern California couple set to retire to La Jolla. The couple had been working with another architect for a year and were unsatisfied with the results.

After careful consideration, the clients opted to an extensive remodel, rather than a demolition and re-build. To avoid a Coastal Commission Review, 50-percent of the exterior walls were retained, while the interior walls were demolished. The new design fused elements that reflect the architect’s vernacular architectural knowledge with the best of Southern California’s indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

The new structure uses a low-profile pyramid-shaped roof with a pyramid-shaped skylight in the middle to bring in natural daylight. Clerestory windows are operable by remote control to help create cross ventilation for passive cooling. Two light wells were also constructed on the south side to bring the south light to the basement and create cross ventilation throughout the house.

To give the owners privacy from the neighbors, a deck – similar to the 2,500-year-old Persepolis buildings and Persian verandas – was created on both the upper and lower levels by extending the bedrooms and family room out to the west. With this design and the addition of extra-large L-shaped lift and-slide wooden doors, the architect was able to create an indoor-outdoor area for the owners to enjoy the view and the ocean.

The entry, designed to impress, mimics stairs of Persepolis with a low rise and deep treads that will be lit at night. The entry roof is curved and covered with standing seam copper roofing, and is held in place by four stained glulam beams with stainless-steel ties.

In order to reduce energy consumption, the use of HVAC, and to have a healthier environment, the house was designed based on the passive heating and cooling systems as much as possible with the limited access to south-facing sun. To implement this concept, design elements include: adding north and south-facing windows to rooms facing west; light wells on the south side; ample skylights; clerestory windows in living room and kitchen area; courtyard-style decks; and openings between spaces. The limestone flooring acts as a thermal mass that captures the heat during the day and releases it at night during the winter months, and holds the coolness of the night and releases during the in summertime to moderate the temperature.
Sufficient operable windows throughout the house – with many rooms having windows on three sides –create cross ventilation for the spaces during the hot summer months.
To create ventilation for the spaces built into the hillside and prevent mold issues, the architect designed a wind catcher similar to the ones built in Iran, which have a long track record of creating the desired effect, through breathing and exhausting air throughout the deepest and windowless spaces in the house.

Street-front landscaping consists of a few planters and two Frank Lloyd Wright-style round planter boxes at the end of each curved retaining wall. The step-down planters were designed to blend the two-story part of the building on the northern garage side with the one-story section on the south side by stepping down the hill instead of having a sharp drop.

Notable other Green features of the project include:
• Water efficient landscaping with LED lights
• The building has been structurally designed on grade beams and caissons going 40 feet deep to reach solid ground for sustainability.
• The materials have been chosen carefully for beauty and strength and to stand the harsh effects of a marine climate.
• All materials of the existing building were recycled and donated. Waste was recycled.
• High-performance, high-quality, double-glazed wood windows and wood doors were installed throughout the house to reduce energy consumption and promote noise control while enhancing the overall beauty of the home.
• All the ducts were kept sealed during construction for air quality control.
• To ensure sustainability, top-grade materials were used. This includes wood windows and doors, cabinets, limestone tile and granite slab.
• Only LED lighting was used throughout the house.
• Masking the unwanted openings during constructions, creates a tight envelope that reduces the air exchange between inside and outside. Insulation also added to interior walls to reduce air and noise exchange between the rooms.
• Solar water heater and solar panels has been installed.
• Sustainable, quarter-round copper gutters add to the beauty of the building while diverting rainwater into storage tanks embedded in the side yard.
• The proximity of the project to public schools, mass transit, and downtown La Jolla means owners won’t need to drive everywhere or very far.

As a result of these green design strategies, the house has been radically transformed into an energy efficient home that is a place of tranquility and peacefulness.

E – San Diego, CA
Architect: Architects Magnus, Hector Magnus
Photography: All images courtesy of Architects Magnus






Ten feet is what kept this lot, in the heart of Hillcrest, vacant for years.  Traditional homes filled the rest of the street, but a traditional home just wouldn’t work here.  This lot had a ten foot City utility easement slicing through the middle.  Not only was the easement a challenge, the topography dropped quickly from the sidewalk, limiting ways to circulate on site and develop a plan.  Developers and potential property owners walked away.

Rammy Cortez, of Rammy Urban Infill, looked beyond the limitations.  He secured the property after initial design studies by architect Hector Magnus, of Architects Magnus, proved promising. Coincidentally, Magnus had initial discussions on this same property a decade earlier with a developer who couldn’t overcome the easement. This time, Cortez saw the potential.

The approach was to treat site challenges as opportunities.  The initial design studies were exploratory forms, maximizing heights and areas, with a bridge connecting the two.  With this direction, the Bridge House was born.  The buildings follow the path of the easement tightly, creating a landscaped canyon between.  Bold, solid forms on the exterior are experienced on the interior with raw, exposed structure.  One building houses the 3-bedroom, 2-1/2 bath main residence while the other provides parking for two cars and an upstairs studio with bath. The bridge not only creates the connection, it extends outdoor living and overlooks the landscaped garden, the garden that once was a prohibitive ten foot easement.

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