Constructive forces

“This is the first time we have ever had an underground location on our tour,” says Melissa Hunt, executive director of AIACOC, referring to Mike and Mary Price’s loft home, where 14 inches of soil and sod serve as a roof.

Its uniqueness, she says, is merely one example of the wide appeal of homes and offices on display.

“This year’s tour gives attendees a big variety of architecture. Tour-goers can experience the underground loft as well as a more traditional home in Oak Tree and an innovative studio style living near Downtown,” Hunt says. “We are also very excited to showcase The Homeless Alliance WestTown project, because it illustrates how architecture can make a difference in everyone’s life.”

She says such showcases have granted the annual event a faithful following.

“Our community is really starting to understand the importance of good design, so they come out each year so they can experience and critique that design,” she says.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information, visit

Woodland Residence, 1009 Woodland Drive in Norman (Butzer Gardner Architects)

7 at Crown Heights, 1000 N.W. 37th (Butzer Gardner Architects)

Hiltgen Home, 1701 Woodhill in Edmond (Miles Associates)

Lingo Construction Services Office, 123 N.W. Eighth (Elliott kknd Associates Architects)

Underground Loft, 3200 Sexton Drive in Norman (Price Group Architects)

430 N.W. 12th (Fitzsimmons Architects)

WestTown Campus, 1729 N.W. Third (TAP Architecture)

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