In a state dominated by forests, it’s not unusual to come across rural farmhouses and isolated suburbs. However, the house at 87 Shinar Mountain Road stands out among the trees in Washington with its modern design that draws inspiration from Scandinavian architecture and architect Marcel Breuer. Its fusion of modern and Scandinavian design even led to its building style to be described as “ScandiModern.”
The home’s design was partially inspired by Breuer, who was part of the “Harvard 5” mid-century architects that settled in Connecticut. He was also a key figure in the rise of the artistic movement Brutalism, which focused on simplicity in design, but also drew criticism for its “heavy-handed” nature, according to art history website The Art Story. One of Breuer’s most notable local Brutalist designs is New Haven’s Pirelli building, which is slated to become a sustainable and eco-friendly hotel called, “Hotel Marcel,” after its original architect.