Ai Weiwei’s Artsy Vacation Home in Upstate New York Now For Sale

This summer, some lucky vacationers in New York will have an incredibly rare opportunity: the chance to stay overnight in a “livable sculpture” by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The artist and architect’s one and only building in the United States will be available for rent between June 4th and September 7th, and it’s on the market for sale, too.

Exterior view of artist Ai Weiwei's minimalist upstate New York vacation home.
Exterior view of artist Ai Weiwei’s minimalist upstate New York vacation home.

The Tsai Residence is set on 37 rolling acres in the rural community of Ancram, New York, about two hours north of Manhattan. Weiwei designed the Catskills vacation home for a Chinese-American businessman and art collector in collaboration with Switzerland’s HFF Architects in 2006. The compound includes a 3,500-square-foot, three-bedroom main house consisting of four blocky connecting modules and an adjacent Y-shaped guest house with a dramatic rust-colored Corten steel facade.

The main house is clad in white metal

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Finding an Oasis of Calm in Elsa Peretti’s Masterfully Minimalist New York Apartment, Circa 1976

<div class="caption"> “Beauty: All-Out” </div> <cite class="credit">Photographed by Horst P. Horst, <em>Vogue,</em> April 1976</cite>

“Beauty: All-Out”

Photographed by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, April 1976

This story is part of a series, Past/Present, highlighting images and articles from Vogue that have personal significance to our editors.

Elsa Peretti, the Italian model-turned-revolutionary jewelry designer is best known for her streamlined, sensuous bijoux—a smooth, curved bean; miniature flaçons made to hold a single flower stem; diamonds set into fine yard-length chains. Her interiors—the very places in which she designed such now-iconic shapes—follow a similar less-is-more aesthetic. In 1976, Vogue featured one of those, a New York penthouse apartment she took over from Halston.

<h1 class="title">Elsa Peretti at her Worktable, Vogue</h1> <div class="caption"> Elsa Peretti. </div> <cite class="credit">Photographed by Horst P. Horst, <em>Vogue,</em> April 1976</cite>

Elsa Peretti.

Photographed by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, April 1976

<h1 class="title">Elsa Peretti Eating an Apple, Vogue</h1> <div class="caption"> “I eat an apple a day,” Elsa says. </div> <cite class="credit">Photographed by Horst P. Horst, <em>Vogue,</em> April 1976</cite>

“I eat an apple a day,” Elsa says.

Photographed by Horst P. Horst, Vogue, April 1976

“It has bare bleached white floors, mirrored walls, lemon trees, banquettes covered in white Haitian cotton, white director’s chairs, and a work table, which also functions for dining

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