experiMental wrote:There is an ongoing trend of socially responsible architecture, that tries to stop people from committing crime and other things like that. I've found that in many architectural competitions, entries that successfully conformed to this trend were a lot more highly commended than entries that concentrated purely on style.
Here is an amusing/weird variation on this, a house whose awkwardness is designed to stop you aging:
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. â€œIf Neil Armstrong were here, he would say, â€˜This is even better!â€™ â€
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.
â€œThey ought to build hospitals like this,â€ she said.
A reporter, who thinks they should never, ever build hospitals like this, tried to go with the flow. Like the undulating floor, Arakawa and Gins, as they are known professionally, tend to throw people off balance.
In 45 years of working together as artists, poets and architects, they have developed an arcane philosophy of life and art, a theory they call reversible destiny. Essentially, they have made it their mission â€” in treatises, paintings, books and now built projects like this one â€” to outlaw aging and its consequences.
â€œItâ€™s immoral that people have to die,â€ Ms. Gins explained.
The house on Long Island, which cost more than $2 million to build, is their first completed architectural work in the United States â€” and, as they see it, a turning point in their campaign to defeat mortality.