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Tsai residence / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei

  • 01:00 - 2 February, 2009
Tsai residence / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei
Tsai residence / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei

Tsai residence / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei Tsai residence / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei Tsai residence / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei Tsai residence / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ancram, NY 12502, United States
  • Architects

    HHF Architects + Ai WeiWei
  • Design Team

    HERLACH HARTMANN FROMMENWILER & AI WEIWEI with Bhavana Hameed, Tom Strub, Fumiko Takahama, Magnus Zwyssig
  • Structural Engineering

    Crawford & Associates, Hudson, NY
  • Construction Management

    Crawford & Associates, Hudson, NY
  • General Contractor

    Robert Reed Construction, Germantown, NY
  • Client

  • Area

    375.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. The Tsai Residence is a country house designed for two young art collectors. The design reflects their request for simple abstract looking piece, sitting almost without scale on top of the vaste property, which is located two hours upstate from New York City.

The four equal sized boxes are built as simple wood construction covered with corrugated metal panels on the outside and wood and gypsum panels on the inside. The floor plan is based on the needs of a traditional country house. Only partially the organization of the rooms is a direct consequence of the rigid outer form.

The Living Room focuses on the different light conditions needed for an existing and future art collection,

while the great view into the nearby countryside is present without being dominant. The sequence of the different rooms reflects the idea of a private gallery. Natural light is coming into the spaces through the openings in between the outer boxes.

Cite: "Tsai residence / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei" 02 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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FM Huff · March 25, 2013

Absolutely stunning. Seldom do I see a home whose art and architecture blend so well.

AIA Houston · May 02, 2012

Another interesting collaboration between Ai Weiwei and HHF Architects. Don&#39t forget you can still see Ai...

Love New York · January 20, 2012

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Nate Umstead · November 12, 2010

Tsai residence / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei via @archdaily - embodies many of the characteristics of my dream house

inspector morse · October 14, 2010

Please not all the chemtrails in the sky in the top image.

joeshun · October 03, 2010

four containers...

hiramfdz · April 27, 2010

I love this house, it feels right...

Olivier M. · February 04, 2009
harryzhang · February 03, 2009

it seems all the artworks inside the house is from chinese artist - powder painting from Cai guo qiang- the red dinosaur from Sui jian guo ...

Ceno · February 03, 2009

Good interior, fair fascade


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