Ai Weiwei, the Chinese contemporary artist and activist, has quite literally carved out a career thanks to his powerful sculptures and exhibitions that stretch worldwide. Recent pieces have seen his work focus on Chinese history and an affinity for nature so after taking a virtual tour through his New York residence it isn’t a surprise he reveals the same design sensibilities in the home. This month, it was revealed that the minimalistic dream is now available to rent for the summer.
Situated in upstate New York, the grey building sits among towering trees and thick forest before clearing onto perfectly manicured lawn. The property is a result of a rare collaboration between Ai Weiwei and Swiss architecture firm, HHF Architects. The home boasts three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and four connected corrugated metal-clad modules, as well as a 50-foot pool. Off the main building is a guest house which features an additional two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a studio, and a gallery space in an eye-catching Y-shape.
With the artistic eye of Ai Weiwei, the interiors and furniture are a miix of timber accents, grey upholstery and brickwork. This is the only residence Weiwei has worked on other than his famed work on “The Bird’s Nest,” a collaboration with architects Herzog & de Meuron for the 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing National Stadium.
The residence is listed for $125,000 USD (or roughly $188,000 AUD) for a stay across June 5 to September 7. And if you’re keen on a more permanent stay it is also up for sale for a cool $5.25 million USD (or $8 million AUD). See more here.