France: Pierre Fauroux, Architect, near Grenoble

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This remarkable contemporary realization is the work of the architect Pierre Fauroux. Between minimalism of the forms and strong expression of materials (concrete, glass, varnished red wood, slate of Angers for the ground…), this “swimming pool-house” impresses through its balance and its serenity.

The house is located in a small village of the low valley of Isère, halfway between Grenoble and Valencia (30 minutes), snuggled up between hill and river at the foot of the massif of Vercors. Ski runs and golf are at 15 minutes of the house.

 

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France: Claude Parent, Architect

Claude Parent, Architect

 

Realized by the architect Claude Parent between 1963 and 1965, this house is a testimony standing out with the modernist architecture. Its oblique roofs make it a remarkable building of the 20th century endowed with a strong architectural and patrimonial value.

Located in Bois-le-Roy, in border of the forest of Croth, it takes advantage of a natural environment protected around the valley of Eure. The house is in 90 km from Paris (1h30 min by car).

This single storey house extends over a surface of 400 m². It offers majestic one space of reception of 150 m² opened on a terrace, with a first volume corresponding to the former studio, a dining room and a living room with chimney. The whole is surmounted by a mezzanine welcoming an office-library. The rest of the house shelters a master suite with bathroom and dressing room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a service room and a reserve. A dependence of 35 m ², a double garage and a finished basement complete the set.

 

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218 Sleepy Hollow Road New Canaan CT 06840

218 Sleepy Hollow Road New Canaan CT 06840

 

One of the stars of New Canaan’s legacy of mid-century modernism, the Wiley House, designed by Philip Johnson in the early 1950s, was restored and expanded by Roger Ferris + Partners. Of the six houses Philip Johnson designed in New Canaan, Connecticut, the Wiley house is the only one that contains a singular glass pavilion to rival the volume of his architectural masterpiece, the Glass House. A new pool house built into the hill and the art gallery (a reconstructed 19th century barn) form their own courtyard around the vintage swimming pool with its original diving pad which is a twin to the circular pool at Johnson’s Glass House. For Philip Johnson, this house represented a dialogue between the ancient world and the modern. He chose the site himself for the slope of the land and the stand of towering hickory trees that create a cathedral space around the house. Original light by Richard Kelly (Seagram Building and Kimbell art Museum). Michael Biondo Photography.

3025 Arizona Avenue NW Washington DC 20016

3025 Arizona Avenue NW Washington DC 20016

This stunning custom mid-century modern was designed for luxurious living in a green, resort-like setting on a private 12,600 sq. ft. lot in the prestigious and convenient Washington neighborhood of Kent.

Designed in 1961 by prominent Washington architects Leon Brown, FAIA, and Thomas Wright, FAIA, the three bedroom, four full bathroom home with den, walls of glass and stunning open kitchen-dining living space has been meticulously renovated by the current owners.

The flat-roof design heavily reflects the influence of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius who was chairman of the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Department of Architecture during Wright’s studies at the school. The house is a stellar example of the tenets of modernism: an absence of ornamentation and rationality meets functionality. Walls of glass nest seamlessly into wood frames, floating wall bases create a unique visual appeal of the white walls – perfect for hanging art. Even the doorframes are mounted inside the walls to reduce unneeded decoration.

The house is truly one of the most remarkable properties in the nation’s capital.

1403 Quzchee West Hartford Quechee VT 05059

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Stonehill Farm is comprised of 185± acres of majestic, rolling land offering commanding views, a house designed and decorated in sophisticated, restrained taste and one of the preeminent private tennis facilities in New England. Constructed in the tradition of old world craftsmanship and positioned high on a south-facing hillside, this incomparable stone and cedar home features the finest quality materials and decorative finishes. Created by noted New York architect Alan Wanzenberg, the approximately 9,000 square foot, 15-room residence is a an elegant and timeless design in richly textured stone, expansive glass, and mahogany details. The residence offers seven bedrooms, nine baths, a large gourmet kitchen, living room, formal and informal dining rooms, 3,200 bottle wine cellar, and presides over a pond-like, heated swimming pool surrounded by bluestone terraces. Its enduring and harmonious design is based on the original Conyers Farm of Greenwich, CT.

1959 Cox District Road Woodstock VT 05091

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A modern architectural masterpiece and important work by award winning and internationally recognized architect Rick Joy, Woodstock Farm presents a dramatic shingle and stone house and barn set on over 200 acres of Vermont countryside minutes from the picturesque village of Woodstock and in close proximity to Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The high concept contemporary design is executed with the sharpest attention to craft and draws on the vernacular of the rural northeast. The main residence offers a 152-foot elongated gable house with massive end walls of Lake Champlain bedrock and cedar cladding on the roof and side walls. Set at a subtle angle to the barn, the north façade of the main house engages the purity of the setting and looks out onto a large, deep, spring fed swimming pond and the rolling pastureland, hills and mixed northern hardwood forests that comprise the property.

404 West Street Harrison NY 10528

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An artist’s eye was at the heart of this home’s complete transformation in 2005. Inspired by a special diamond ring; astounding angles and comforting curves harmonize with spectacular natural surroundings. Light streams through walls of windows and huge skylights onto rare granite floors beneath soaring ceilings. A remarkable floating deck, anchored by a sculpted waterfall and spa, embraces the house with access from the master bedroom, living room and sleek Snaidero kitchen casual dining area. Spacious bi-level master bedroom with fireplace, sauna, Jacuzzi, vanity and two walk in closets. A very private guest suite is on its own level. Fine Italian craftsmanship with flashes of elegant eccentricity. Honored by a museum of art. Perfect as a weekend retreat or residence. 35 minutes to Manhattan. Far less to golf, fine dining, theatre, a marvelous marina and full service Westchester Airport.

5401 East El Cedral Street Long Beach CA 90815

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Dr. L.L. Cowley selected this sylvan grove of sycamores on over a third of an acre. From the exterior, the house retains the architectural elements that are a trademark of Kenneth S. Wing’s beach aesthetic: board and batten siding, a front entrance that consists of a breezeway and courtyard built on descending levels, a highly articulated roof line, and mullioned and bay windows leading to the front entry. The interior’s long expanses of glass, the brick fireplace and carefully scaled rooms overlooking the swimming pool were all done in a style that Killingsworth would become known for. With a formal dining room area, en suite master bedroom, two additional bedrooms and baths, the residence is a delightful element of the Long Beach architectural heritage.

23 Khakum Wood Road Greenwich CT 06830

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This outstanding stone manor was created by the legendary architect H.T. Lindeberg. The driveway sweeps into a walled courtyard and to the beautiful limestone front portico. The front-to-back English sitting hall has lovely plaster moldings, marble fireplace and french doors to the expansive terrace which floods it with light. A broad, barrel vaulted hallway leads to the magnificent living room with an antique carved stone mantel over the fireplace and a chestnut beamed, wood cathedral ceiling. The generous panelled library has a fireplace and a bow window as does the breathtaking dining room. Renovated for a serious cook, the pantry with glass-paned cabinets opens to a sunny kitchen with lovely views of the property. The panelled billiard room with fireplace, bar and brick floor has french doors to the grounds. The master suite with fireplace and three exposures has two dressing rooms and two bath-rooms (one a jacuzzi done in sublime verdigris marble with the signature teak parquet floor). There are six additional bedrooms (four with fireplaces), and the third floor bedrooms have beautiful high, arched ceilings and three exposures – a delightful surprise. Staff accommodation is ample with a ground floor bedroom and bath, a second floor two-bedroom wing and a two-bedroom apartment above the four car garage. This unique property has the finest quality, masterful plasterwork, first growth random width floors, authentic hardware, mellow panelling and large scale leaded glass windows. Includes a separately deeded 2.86 acre lot.

6699 Mohawk Drive Chanhassen MN 55317 – Ralph Rapson, Architect

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The Betty Poole House, a timeless modern residence designed by Ralph Rapson, stands above Lotus Lake in Chanhassen. The house, which has been meticulously maintained and curated by its current owners, retains the hallmarks of Rapson’s original design.

The streamlined, one-story house features window walls in nearly every room. The walls of glass provide expansive views of the lake from the entry, living room, family room, and kitchen. Rapson’s choice of materials—white painted brick, round skylights, and steel I-beams that frame the fireplace–lend an industrial aesthetic to the house.