The only U.S. home designed by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is now available for $5.25 million. The property is located about two hours from Manhattan, in Ancram, New York.
The 3,700-square-foot contemporary residence was constructed in 2006. It was designed at the request of a couple who loved his art and design. Weiwei and Swiss architectural firm HHF made their dream a reality.
The commissioned design is ultra-contemporary in style and located on a massive 37.5-acre plot of lush land. Constructed from concrete, galvanized iron, and glass, the boxy build boasts three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and an airy main great room.
The shared interior living spaces are anchored by a central floor-to-ceiling fireplace. Plentiful glass, oak floors, and a minimalist kitchen all contribute to the cohesive look and feel of the modern country retreat. The home’s distinguishing features include a gallery art space for displaying the owner’s art.
The two-and-two guesthouse was added after the initial construction of the main home. The exterior living style relies heavily on the setting, with covered decks offering meditative spaces for solitude, and opportunities for socializing, while the swimming pool and hardwood sunlounge integrates perfectly with the landscape.