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.