Ai Weiwei Designed This Upstate New York Residence—and It's Back on the Market for $5.25M

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Consider it a piece of “livable art.”

Art comes in many forms, including real estate. For proof, look no further than this Upstate New York residence that was designed by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The property dubbed the Tsai Residence, and is the only Weiwei-designed property in the US, is being described as a piece of “livable art.” It is comprised of four box-like buildings, clad in corrugated galvanized iron that are connected with short passageways.


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Located in the historic town of Ancram, about a two-hour drive north of New York City, the modern home was originally commissioned in 2006 by Chinese-American businessman and art collector Christopher Tsaian and finished in 2008. First listed last summer, the property just hit the market again for $5.25 million. The main house that the artist designed in collaboration with Swiss firm HHF Architects sits on 37-acres of land and spans 3,700 square feet.


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The two-level property has three bedrooms and three bathrooms including a spacious living room area with a fireplace (one of three in the house) and a Boffi kitchen that all have floor-to-ceiling windows—perfect for enjoying the expansive mountain views. The gallery-like interior also features wood paneling and whitewashed walls.

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And if you have any fellow art-loving friends, they will surely enjoy staying at the Y-shaped two-bedroom two-bathroom guesthouse that also includes a studio and a gallery space. It was added three years after the main house and features similar wood paneling accents inside.


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Even though both houses are close to one another, there is complete privacy. The lap pool and patio of the main house really make the Tsai Residence perfect for entertaining.


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And if you’d like to get a test run and see what living in it feels like, you can rent it for the summer—it is available from June 4 until September 7 for $125,000.


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To see the full listing, click here.