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Perched on the crest of a hill in Southport, CT, with views of Long Island Sound, this house was designed in the 1950s by the renowned architect Eliot Noyes.
Mella initially gained experience with modern houses at Beckhard Richlan and Associates, the former office of Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer. While collaborating with Arata Isozaki, as project architect at TAS Design, she oversaw the design development and construction phases of the Guggenheim Soho where she gained deeper insight into the challenges presented when detailing modern architecture.
Without altering the design language of the house, Mella adapted and added spaces to make the home more suited to contemporary living. She added a family room, opened the kitchen to the terrace, and created a mud room entry with stairs to the pool.