This Mid-Century House in New Canaan is a Work of Art

New Canaan, Connecticut is home to a fair few modernist homes. Much of this is down to the efforts of five architects crucial to the mid-century style: Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, Philip Johnson, Eliot Noyes and John Johansen.

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Here we have a house by the last man in this list, the Goodyear House by John Johansen. Built in 1955, it is a lovely example of the rigorous functionality of the New Canaan style.

Johansen was a child of two artists, and it is probably this that influenced a home that has a clear attachment to art and architectural history.

Goodyear House - John Johansen - entrance

The house is an important early example of Johansen’s particular interest in the much earlier Palladian style of architecture, most clear in the cross plan and the presence of a central grotto.

This influence has a couple of quite pleasing effects: bringing the outdoors to the heart of the house, the grotto is filled with plants, while the plan allows one to walk from this central space through a room that extends well out into the garden, offering spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.

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Meanwhile, in another artful flourish, Johansen divided up the space according to various spatial symbols, including the cave, the bridge and the labyrinth.

All things considered, it’s a really aesthetically pleasing space.

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