The Tsai Residence by HHF Architects & Ai Weiwei

December 13, 2008

The Switzerland based HHF Architects, together with Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, designed this house located in Ancram, New York.

From the architects:

House Tsai is a countryhouse designed for two young art collectors. The design reflects their request for a simple abstract looking piece,sitting almost without scale on top of the site, which is located two hours upstate from New York City.

The four equal sized boxes are built as simple wood construction covered with metal panels on the outside and wood and gypsum panels on the inside. The floor plan is based on the needs of a traditional countryhouse. 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.

Visit the HHF Architects website – here.  Visit Ai Weiwei’s website – here.

Photos by Iwan Baan and Nikolas Koenig

Visit the HHF Architects website – here.