Updated 11 May 2020: This sleek midcentury modern home by Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer in Connecticut’s Litchfield is packed with original features, including a ‘cut out’ staircase.
The modernist pioneer designed Gagarin House I in 1956 for Andrew and Jamie Gagarin. It features a steel frame and reinforced concrete structure set with natural fieldstone and Breuer’s signature walls of glass, which peek onto a leafy 1.7-acre sloping plot skirted by trees.
Much of Breuer’s original design is intact across the three-bedroom Connecticut property – which initially listed in 2019 and is still on the market via Madonna & Phillips Group of William Pitt Sotheby’s for $3.8m – including brick and teak floors and Portuguese cork ceilings.
A tree trunk-shaped bush-hammered concrete fireplace takes pride of place in the living room, while the master bedroom is set within its own wing. The floating staircase features geometric cut-outs that peek onto the living room and add an unusual feature to the space.