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Modernist Rafael Vinoly house back on the market for $9.8M

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You can swim indoors or out

A contemporary home features a long pool on one end and a boxy concrete tower on the other. Photo by Bernadette Queenan

In a sea full of midcentury moderns, stately Victorians, and cute bungalows, it’s not often that a home makes you stop and do a double take. The latest to do just that is this three-bedroom, four-bath property in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

The home was designed by modernist architect Rafael Vinoly. Vinoly is known for a plethora of sleek contemporary buildings like the Tokyo International Forum and the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere, New York City’s 432 Park Avenue. He’s only designed a few residences, including this 1990 home built for Alice Lawrence, widow of Manhattan real estate mogul Sylvan Lawrence.

The home has been on and off the market for years at various price points and was originally used to house Lawrence’s multimillion dollar art collection. Today’s listing packages together the Vinoly house and an adjacent farmhouse together on about 16 acres, but it’s the contemporary home that is most interesting.

Designed as two separate wings, one side of the house features a boxy concrete tower with library, terrace, and penthouse office. A central common area boasts a lap pool under glass ceilings that leads to a second wing with the bedrooms. A circular courtyard is paved with granite cobblestone and the home also boasts an outdoor pool.

The two houses, including 191 Ridgebury Road, are now listed for $9,750,000.

A concrete tower sits on the right while an overhanging roof and long horizontal wing is on the left. Photo by Bernadette Queenan
Inside the house there are floor-to-ceiling windows and wooden ceilings. Photo by Dan Milstein
An imposing steel fireplace is the living room focal point. Photo by Dan Milstein
An office with two chairs, large windows, and a zebra rug. Photo by Dan Milstein
An indoor pool with concrete walls and glass ceilings. Photo by Dan Milstein
The view from the concrete tower onto the forest beyond. Photo by Bernadette Queenan