Fans of Modernist pioneer Marcel Breuer can now get their hands on the architect’s Connecticut home.
Built in 1951 as Breuer’s personal residence, the New Canaan property was originally a two-bedroom bolthole before its current owners commissioned New York-based architect Toshiko Mori to double its size to 5,577 sq ft.
Mori’s addition borrows from Breuer’s architectural language, and is built from glass and steel. The old and new volumes are connected by a glass enclosed staircase, with shared living spaces – including the kitchen and dining room – in the original structure and bedrooms in the new.
The four-bedroom property at 628 West Road is listed via Sherri Kielland at Houlihan Lawrence for $4.35m.
Its living room features soaring 11 ft 6” ceilings, glass sliding doors and clerestory windows that drench the house’s minimalist interiors with light, exaggerating the feeling of space. A brick, Breuer-designed fireplace acts as the focal point of the room.
You can hop across to the bedroom wing, where the cantilevered master-bedroom overhangs utility spaces and a mudroom. Mori has used floor-to-ceiling glass to frame views of the surrounding 3.11-acres of woodland, and inject colour into these white-box spaces.
Mori has also updated the pool house, which was added to the Connecticut property in 1976.
New Canaan is home to a cache of midcentury Modern landmarks, built by Breuer and his ‘Harvard Five’ students, Eliot Noyes, Philip Johnson, Landis Gores, John Johansen. Other notable architects that have left their mark on the community include John Black Lee and Harrison DeSilver, whose restored 1961 prefab DeSilver House is also currently for sale.
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