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Quarantine this summer in Ai Weiwei’s upstate New York rental for $125K

Thursday, August 20, 2020   /   by The Villages Home Search

Quarantine this summer in Ai Weiwei’s upstate New York rental for $125K

Looking for a design-minded summer rental to get away from it all? Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s only U.S. residential design is now available for rent.


Most famous for his global art installations and for his collaboration with architects Herzog & de Meuron on the 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing National Stadium, “The Bird’s Nest,” Weiwei designed his only house in the U.S. in 2006 for two young art collectors.


Located in Ancram, two hours north of Manhattan, the Tsai Residence is a collaboration between Weiwei and the Swiss architecture firm HFF. The 3,500-square-foot three-bedroom, three-bath house—which is also on the market for $5,250,000—consists of four connected modules clad with corrugated metal on the exterior. The metallic design was inspired by the agricultural sheds commonly seen on farms in the area, and the boxy structure is an industrial-inspired take on the modern farmhouse.


Inside, wood and gypsum panels supplement large blank walls perfect for displaying art, and floor-to-ceiling windows take advantage of the property’s 37-acre views. The home flows like a private art gallery, with natural light coming in through the spaces between the structure’s four exterior boxes. Other amenities include three fireplaces, a Boffi kitchen, and spacious bathrooms.


The gated property features a Y-shaped guest house—also designed by Weiwei and HFF—that boasts two bedrooms, a studio, and gallery space. A bit removed from the two homes is a lap pool placed thoughtfully in a serene pasture. Love what you see? The Tsai Residence is available for rent from June 4 through September 7 for $125,000.



An imposing gray fireplace in the double-height living room takes center stage.



The sleek kitchen was outfitted by Italian kitchen manufacturer Boffi and features floor-to-ceiling windows.



One of three minimalist bedrooms in the main house, with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the countryside.



The Y-shaped guest house was designed three years after the main home. It includes two bedrooms and a studio.



Built with gallery space in mind, the guest house features warm woods and two symmetrical wings.



Looking out from the guest house onto a small patio with overhanging roof.



A lap pool sits in a serene pasture on the property’s 37 acres.


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