Peek Inside an Upstate House Designed By Ai Weiwei
Back in 2006, legendary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei designed a house in upstate New York -- the only dwelling he's ever worked on in the States -- and it appears that some very lucky, very rich people have snatched it off the market. (It was listed at $4.25 million.) Designed in conjunction with a Swiss architecture firm, the house is described in its listing as being "clad in aluminum" and having "high-ceilinged streamlined rooms framed by vast glass panels that showcase the wonderful mountain vistas and expanses of solid wall that provide a stunning gallery-like environment for art." The Ancram, New York, abode (or compound, really) was originally commissioned by a Manhattan couple with an interest in, and extensive collection of, Chinese art and you can see in one of the photos below some pretty impressive works on display. It's unclear if the original owners actually lived in the house (or, for that matter, why they're getting rid of it) but regardless, the benefit of its recently being on the market means we can all gawk at the design porn. Scope more photos of the Ai Weiwei pad below.