Livable Art

Luxury firm Klemm Real Estate has listed the only house in the United States designed by provocative Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. This modernist home deigned in collaboration with Swiss firm HFF Architects and completed in 2006 has an asking price of $5,250,000.

A bedroom

The property—which is located in peaceful and bucolic area of Taghkanic, New York, less than two hours north of Manhattan—consists of more than 37 west-facing acres with expansive views and total privacy, and serves as the perfect country escape from the city or full-time residence. The striking three-bedroom, three-bath house comprises four connected modules clad with corrugated metal on the exterior with soft gypsum wood panels on the interior. The metallic design is inspired by the agricultural sheds commonly seen on farms in the area. The home features three fireplaces, a Boffi kitchen, and a generator.

Along with the 3,500-square-foot main house, Weiwei and HFF were also commissioned to design a unique Y-shaped guest house, which includes two bedrooms as well as a studio and gallery space. The gated property also has a heated lap pool placed amidst the pasture.

The guest house

“Rarely does such an extraordinary modern home come to the market. This is truly one-of-a-kind. This is livable art,” say Graham Klemm, president of the firm and listing broker of the property.

Ai Weiwei is a world-famous contemporary artist, activist, blogger, poet, filmmaker, and provocateur, best known for large art installations globally, director of the acclaimed film Human Flow; and his collaboration with architects Herzog & de Meuron on the 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing National Stadium, “The Bird’s Nest.” It comes as no surprise that one of Ai Weiwei’s rare home fell into the hands of Klemm Real Estate.

Klemm real estate’s Ai Weiwei listing

Klemm Real Estate firm—a leader in luxury property sales and rentals throughout Litchfield County and adjacent areas in New York—has been known for maintaining a reputation of superb personal service to clients since its establishment, and the relationship extends well beyond the closing date.Founder Carolyn Klemm and her two sons, Peter and Graham, entertain existing clients extensively. Their homes in Litchfield County, Palm Beach, and New York are the scene of countless social events that continuously bring new buyers and sellers into their fold—building relationships necessary to serve their clients to the best of their ability.