This unusual house in Japan was designed for immortality

7:32 AM by Saša Tošić
When you were a kid, did you ever laugh at your dad or granny when they fell asleep in front of the TV? We’ve probably all done something like this at some point in our lives. But, in fact, even if we disliked what our parents did, and once thought we would never be like them, we often repeat the actions of our parents when we become adults.
 This house in the suburbs of Tokyo (Mitaka city) was designed by Shusaku Arakawa, a Japanese artist and architect, together with his wife Madeline Helen Arakawa Gins, who was a poet.
 Having a keen interest in medicine, the famous architect created a beautiful apartment block to help hundreds of people to live a more fulfilling life.

It may sound strange, but the main concept behind Arakawa and Gins’s work is that being old is amoral. Japanese people are known for their longevity and extreme, workaholic habits.
Most of them work hard till they reach old age, and this house helps them not to relax, but instead continue to be active even after they retire.

Here you won’t find any comfortable, ordinary-looking staircases.

 The floor looks like a pitted dirt road.

Electrical outlets and switches dangle from the ceiling in very unexpected places.

And in order to look at the window, you have to step on some gravel.
 A new adventure awaits you around every corner in this house. Why not design a kitchen that is deliberately sunken below ground level?

Or how about placing clothes hangers high above the floor?
According to Arakava, people (particularly the elderly) shouldn’t relax and live entirely in a restful atmosphere. This is why even the bedrooms here have walls painted in a sunny yellow color.

The house is designed to stimulate people’s senses, to keep their mind sharp and fresh, and to boost their imagination.
Shusaku Arakawa calls his innovative apartment block ’The lofts of reversible destiny’.
Its unusual design, featuring colorful bumpy rooms, changes people’s worldview, makes them exercise their body, and invigorates their lives.



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