There’s something unique about modern architecture. Whether renovated to meet the contemporary eye or built with distinctly modern designs from the ground up, architecture of this kind is sure to make a bold statement. Here are five modern homes, whose varying styles and features make them a class of their own.
79 Bayberry Hill Road—Ridgefield, CT
A different kind of modern encompasses this Ridgefield residence, which was once the home and studio of a renowned sculptor with roots in the New York City local art scene. Now transformed by its current owners into a modern structure with clean lines, this former 1900s barn/carriage house is one-of-a-kind. Dramatic, bold, entirely updated, yet still noticeably maintaining its antique country-style past, this modern barn redux offers the perfect combination of New England charm meets chic, current style.
707 Taylors Lane—Mamaroneck, NY
This exceptional modern home rests on 4.02 acres of land with approximately 1,000 linear feet of direct waterfront that features a private beach, as well as a waterside, heated pool and dock. The unique, contemporary residence, which was constructed in 1963 by mid-century architect Ulrich Franzen, has since been completely renovated with the highest level of finishes and style. Walls of glass, balconies and expansive decks capture surrounding panoramic water views that stretch all the way to Manhattan.
1380 Ponus Ridge—New Canaan, CT
Also known as the “Willis Mills Home,” this contemporary residence was originally built in 1955 by architect and homeowner Willis Mills, who transformed a portion of a 2-acre plot of rugged land into 4,368 square feet of masterful modern living space. Mills’ background as a civic architect is evident in the home’s unique structure, specifically in its double-height, glass-ringed cantilevered living room that extends out, remaining level with the property’s surrounding treetops. Brilliant walls of glass opening to a bluestone terrace and Japanese gardens add even more to the open and airy design of the home, which is clearly constructed to embrace the elements of nature.
27 Tory Hole Road—Darien, CT
An international-style modern home designed by renowned architect Arthur Holden makes a powerful structural statement in the prestigious neighborhood of Delafield Island in Darien, CT. Many of Holden’s works are inspired by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, with the construction of this house being no exception. Located on 5.47 acres of land, the 4,035 square-foot modern residence contains a thoughtfully crafted design that takes full advantage of the property’s unusual site. Perched high atop a hill, the house is strategically built with a curving façade to naturally fit the contours of its natural surroundings. Its curved walls also outline the property’s lush lawns and gorgeous perennial beds, and continue on in the interior, allowing for extensive panoramic views while capturing the natural light of the great outdoors.
218 Sleepy Hollow Road—New Canaan, CT
If you love mid-century modernism, then this stunning home, designed by the one and only Philip Johnson, is sure to amaze! Situated on over 6 acres of serene land in the town of New Canaan, CT, “The Wiley House” embraces its natural environment with a double-height glass pavilion and lower level that fits effortlessly with the sweeping slope of the land. The adjacent vintage swimming pool is almost identical to the one present at Johnson’s highly acclaimed “Glass House,” while a new pool house built into the hill and reconstructed barn/art gallery complete this fantastic property.