Living the VilLA NM: A Hard-Core Capitalist’s Utopian Retreat

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From our own Stephanie Murg comes this report…

Another weekend, another ad-choked issue of T, a.k.a., The New York Times Style Magazine. The Fall Design issue offers a Nicolai Ouroussoff-guided peek into Dutch architectural firm UNStudio‘s first U.S. project, a weekend house in upstate New York known as VilLA NM. Designed for Russian entrepreneur Leo Tsimmer (“I’m a hard core capitalist,” he tells Ouroussoff, “But I still believe in socialism as a utopia.”) by Ben van Berkel, the house “rest[s] amid a dewy lawn with the coiled energy of a cobra getting ready to strike.”

We can’t help but wonder about the copyediting debate that no doubt raged in the NYT’s walls over the decision to deviate from the architects’ preferred capitalization. T goes with “Villa NM.” And there’s also the question of acreage, Ouroussoff says the house began when Tsimmer spotted a 13-acre plot in Sullivan County, while Suzanne Stephens‘s April 2007 Architectural Record piece describes the “box-on-a-rock-with-a-twist” as beginning with “2 acres on a hilltop.” Meanwhile, we’re still wondering what the “NM” stands for…

Stephanie Murg