The condo is tucked inside Loft 25, a pre-war condominium from 1912 that contains 79 units. According to its sales history, Ai bought his one-bedroom bolthole in 2008 for $1.725m.
Though its footprint is compact at 1409 sq ft, it features a double-height living room with soaring 12 ft-high ceilings and views of London Terrace. White-washed and ultra-minimalist, the condo is hung with several works, including ‘Dancers’ – Ai’s black and white 1983 painting (sadly not included in the price tag). Three of his ‘Marble Chair’ sculptures also make an appearance.
The kitchen has undergone an upgrade and is outfitted with new appliances, and there are two bathrooms.
Loft 25’s amenities include a rear garden with a reflecting pool, a roof deck with river views, a gym, and a 24-hour doorman.
Kyle Blackmon of Compass holds the listing for the artist’s Manhattan apartment. Take a peek inside.
Ai Weiwei is currently based in Portugal, having been in self-imposed exile for his outspoken criticism of the CCP regime. In 2018, the dissident artist activist had his Beijing studio bulldozed by the Chinese authorities, and earlier in 2011, was imprisoned by the government for 81 days.