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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A House Not for Mere Mortals

I hate having to one up my friend Jeff at TheRevitKid.com and today's blog post about Architectural Cardio, but it reminded me of a story I read last year. It's so annoying to remember reading something on the internet and then having no idea how or where to find it until you refine and refine your google search until you actually find it, so here it is. Maybe it should be part of the new government energy bill. How bad could it be to force everyone to exercise in their homes and offices. I just think that vacuuming is a bitch.

The layout of the Bioscleave House.
Eric Striffler for The New York Times

Madeline Gins and Arakawa say that their house in East Hampton, N.Y., opposes death By FRED A. BERNSTEIN

East Hampton, N.Y.

A Death-Defying HouseAudio Slide Show

  • The walk on the house’s concrete floor which rises and falls is comparable to moon walk. The floor is made in a traditional Japanese style, using hardened soil, here mixed with a little cement.
  • The undulating floors provide you with a luxury of mountain climbing within the comfort and security of your home. For the not so sure-footed there are a dozen brightly colored metal poles to grab on to.
  • Its architecture makes people use their bodies in unexpected ways to maintain equilibrium, and that will stimulate their immune systems.
  • The walls are made of various materials including metal and translucent polycarbonate, which admits a gentle light.
  • Walls painted, somewhat disconcertingly, in about 40 colors if not more.
  • Multiple levels meant to induce the sensation of being in two spaces at once.
  • Oddly angled light switches and outlets.
  • Windows at varying heights.
  • No doors or privacy obstructions in the house. However, they do provide you with hooks in the ceiling, and someday the house could be festooned with curtains or other dividers.
  • A sunken kitchen in the middle of the house.
  • The finished house consists of four rectangular rooms surrounding a free-form living space.

A Death-Defying House

Masatako Nakano

The couple also built nine “reversible destiny” loft-style apartments in Mitaka, Japan.

THE house is off-limits to children, and adults are asked to sign a waiver when they enter. The main concern is the concrete floor, which rises and falls like the surface of a vast, bumpy chocolate chip cookie.

But, for Arakawa, 71, an artist who designed the house with his wife, Madeline Gins, the floor is a delight, as well as a proving ground.

As he scampered across it with youthful enthusiasm on a Friday evening in March, he compared himself to the first man to walk on the moon. “If Neil Armstrong were here, he would say, ‘This is even better!’ ”

Then Ms. Gins, 66, began holding forth about the health benefits of the house, officially called Bioscleave House (Lifespan Extending Villa). Its architecture makes people use their bodies in unexpected ways to maintain equilibrium, and that, she said, will stimulate their immune systems.

“They ought to build hospitals like this,” she said.
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Here's another great article about the house: http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/repair/bioscleave-house.htm/printable


Gregory Arkin June 30, 2009 at 1:13 PM  

Damn Kids!


Don't know why Scooby Doo comes to mind. Scooby CAD?

* "Rut-ro!" –Scooby-Doo
* "I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids." –Villain
* "Would you do it for a Scooby Snack?" –typically Velma, but also heard from any one of the gang.
* "Like, zoinks!" –Shaggy
* Gulp!" –Shaggy
* "Let's split up." –Freddie
* "Jinkies!" –Velma

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