The only private residence designed by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is available to rent this summer for $125,000. Located in the quiet upstate town of Ancram, the three-bedroom home is described as “liveable art” in the listing, which was first spotted by the New York Post. The modern home, designed in collaboration between the artist and Swiss firm HHF Architects, is also for sale for $5.25 million.
The home was built in 2006 as a weekend getaway for Christopher Tsai, an investor and one of the largest collectors of Ai Weiwei’s art. The current owners, also art collectors, bought the property in 2013 for $4.25 and first listed it for $5.25 million last June. The home is now available to rent from June 4 through September 7.
Situated on over 37 acres, the home consists of four connected modules made of a corrugated metal exterior and soft gypsum wood panels inside, inspired by the “agricultural sheds commonly seen on farms in the area,” according to a press release last year announcing the home’s listing.
In addition to the 3,500-square-foot main house, there’s also a Y-shaped guest house featuring a contrasting timber structure clad in corrugated corten steel. The guest house includes one to two bedrooms, as well as an art studio and space for a gallery.
The private oasis also boasts a 50-foot-long pool that faces the Catskills. “Rarely does such an extraordinary modern home come to the market,” Graham Klemm, the listing agent for the property, said in a previous press release. “This is truly one of a kind- this is livable art.”
[Via NY Post]
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All photos courtesy of Klemm Real Estate