Ai Weiwei has always been an all-or-nothing kind of guy, never dabbling in anything but, rather, going full steam ahead on all of his passions. At once. In the late '90s the Chinese contemporary artist, who has been everything from a professional blackjack player to a sculptor to, recently, a jailed political dissident, built a studio for himself in China and soon after decided, naturally, to open an architecture firm. Ever since, he's collaborated with much larger players; for instance, he worked with Herzog & de Meuron on the Beijing National Stadium, or "Bird's Nest," for the 2008 Summer Olympics, and again with the firm on the Serpentine Pavilion, but one of many crazy structures built for the London Summer Olympics last year.
Now Weiwei's only American commission—a Hudson Valley home he began designing with the Switzerland-based HHF Architects in 2006 for the Christopher Tsai and André Stockamp, two prominent collectors of Chinese art—is on the market for $4.25M. In a New York Times piece from 2008, shortly after the project wrapped, the "corrugated metal weekend house" is described as "a series of boxes, is elegant and slightly forbidding on the outside but expansive and light-filled on the inside." Stockamp "spent more than three years choosing art for the house," and now his elegant selections amp up the rather spectacular listing photos. Have a look above at the three-bedroom's minimalist interiors and incredible views of the Catskills and Berkshires.
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