The Only Ai Weiwei-Designed House In America Hits The Market
March 8, 2013
As many of you know, Chinese artist, dissident, funny guy Ai Weiwei is also a skilled architect. Aside from his famous collaboration with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron for the design of the Bird’s Nest at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (and later, the 2012 Serpentine Pavilion), Ai has worked with Basel-based HHF Architects on a series of projects, including this country home in upstate New York. The Tsai Residence, and presumably its accompanying Y-shaped, corten-clad guesthouse, have been put up on the market. Interested? If you are, you have to be prepared to lay down some serious coinage. Continue.
The compound was recently listed at $4.25 million, according to Realtor.com —a pretty substantial figure that’s at least in part due to the property’s distinction of being Ai’s only residential project in the United States. Is it worth the price? We can’t say, but we do rather much like the architecture.
The main home incorporates large apertures and plently of patio space that look out onto the Catskills and Berkshire Mountains. There are two bedrooms, a library, a spacious kitchen, among other features in addition to the nearby guesthouse/gallery just down the hill. Take the tour below.
All photos: Iwan Baan