Guesthouse Ancram / New York

JA+U : Guesthouse Ancram / New York by HHF + Ai Weiwei © Iwan Baan

JA+U : Guesthouse Ancram / New York by HHF + Ai Weiwei © Iwan Baan

JA+U : Guesthouse Ancram / New York by HHF + Ai Weiwei © HHF

Site plan courtesy of architect

The guesthouse – surrounded by forest – is situated next to the main residence of the same clients; it was also designed by HHF and Ai Weiwei three years prior. Its rusting corten steel exterior contrasts with the light-gray cladding of the main house. This is intended to connect it with the surrounding natural hues.

JA+U : Guesthouse Ancram / New York by HHF + Ai Weiwei © Iwan Baan

JA+U : Guesthouse Ancram / New York by HHF + Ai Weiwei © Iwan Baan

JA+U : Guesthouse Ancram / New York by HHF + Ai Weiwei © HHF

First floor plan courtesy of architect

The house is accessed from a garden to the southwest.

JA+U : Guesthouse Ancram / New York by HHF + Ai Weiwei © Iwan Baan

JA+U : Guesthouse Ancram / New York by HHF + Ai Weiwei © Iwan Baan

The visitors are welcomed by artworks in the main gallery in the center of the house.

JA+U : Guesthouse Ancram / New York by HHF + Ai Weiwei © Iwan Baan

JA+U : Guesthouse Ancram / New York by HHF + Ai Weiwei © Iwan Baan

Two units – one containing a closet and staircase to the garage on the basement and the other with the bathroom – separate the central hall / gallery from bedroom and livingroom.

JA+U : Guesthouse Ancram / New York by HHF + Ai Weiwei © Iwan Baan

JA+U : Guesthouse Ancram / New York by HHF + Ai Weiwei © Iwan Baan

The living room on the north faces the countryside, while the guestroom to the east looks into the woods.

JA+U : Guesthouse Ancram / New York by HHF + Ai Weiwei © Iwan Baan