Thursday, February 07, 2008

UN Studio's VilLA NM Destroyed in Fire

The Time Herald Record Online reports, "A hilltop home that was featured in The New York Times was destroyed last night [February 5] by a roaring, smoky fire with blue and orange flames." The house, located in Bethel in upstate New York is the VilLA NM by Dutch architects UN Studio. The house was completed just last year.

[Times Herald-Record/MICHELE HASKELL | image source]

A more recent report indicates that the cause of the fire, which firefighters battled for three hours, is still unknown. Nobody was hurt in the blaze, as the owner in New York City at the time.

[photograph by Christian Richters | image source]

For more images of the completed building before its untimely fate, see the New York Times slide show of the project they dubbed Astrohome, Record Houses, and noticias arquitectura.

(Many thanks to Gerard Damiani for tipping me off to this news.)