UNStudio designed the ‘VilLA NM’ in New York, United States.
Description from the architects:
VilLA NM not a regular house, it is not meant for everyday living. It is a house for summers, for weekends, for stolen time. This is a house that you share with your immediate family, with your most intimate friends. The house is compact, as vacation homes often are: like the dacha and lake-side cabin of Russia and Scandinavia the house offers a simple, private, family and nature orientated retreat from urban life. There is none of the clutter of regular life; the house allows you to move through the pleasures of the day with unencumbered ease. All white and smooth, VilLA NM is a futuristic hut; a rural retreat for a family of idealistic, glamorous urbanites.
Living with the landscape
On top of the hill, the house affords a panoramic view over the surrounding landscape. Side walls consist of floor to ceiling windows that let in the light. On the outside, the house is colored like the earth; its windows tinted like the sky at dusk. The building captivates the landscape. Inside the cool, white, flowing spaces of the house you are part of the landscape that changes around you perpetually.
The private house commission has always been important for the development of architecture and still is a laboratory for innovation. The family owning VilLA NM are enthusiasts for invention; they had seen the Moebius House in the MomA Exhibition The Un-private House and felt attracted by the idea of living in an experiment.
The conceptual model for VilLA NM is a box with a blob-like moment in the middle; a twist in both plan and section that causes a simple shoebox to bifurcate into two separate, split-level volumes. One side clings to the Northern slope of the hill, the other detaches itself from the ground, leaving room underneath for a covered parking space.
|Location||New York, United States|
|Design Team||Ben van Berkel, Olaf Gipser, Andrew Benn, Colette Parras, Jacco van Wengerden, Maria Eugenia Diaz, Jan Debelius, Martin Kuitert, Pablo Rica, Olga Vazquez-Ruan|