The Immortality House Is Bad Feng Shui

Mr Arakawa architect interior

The Immortality House is the opposite of good Feng Shui, seemingly almost designed to block the flow of energy and entrap stale vibe.

This Wall St Journal article re the architects Mr. Arakawa and Madeline Gins, who – like many – lost their $$$ through Bernie Madoff is so worth a read. The slide show of pix is extraordinary & the vision is utterly Ballardian.

“…Of all the dreams that were crushed by Mr. Madoff’s crime, perhaps none was more unusual than this duo’s of achieving everlasting life through architecture. Mr. Arakawa (he uses only his last name) and Ms. Gins design structures they say can enable inhabitants to “counteract the usual human destiny of having to die….


The income from their investments with Mr. Madoff helped fund their research and experimental work. Now, Mr. Arakawa, 72 years old, and Ms. Gins, 67, are strapped for cash. They closed their Manhattan office and laid off five employees. The pair’s work, based loosely on a movement known as “transhumanism,” is premised on the idea that people degenerate and die in part because they live in spaces that are too comfortable. The artists’ solution: construct abodes that leave people disoriented, challenged and feeling anything but comfortable.


They build buildings with no doors inside and place rooms far apart. They put windows near the ceiling or near the floor. Between rooms are sloping, bumpy moonscape-like floors designed to throw occupants off balance. These features, they argue, stimulate the body and mind, thus prolonging life. “You become like a baby,” says Mr. Arakawa…”


That pic above, looks almost benign, like a Teletubbies house but one of the ones from the WSJ article is so sinister. Shocking Feng Shui, I’m sure of it. But is the transhumanist theory legit? Is comfort our enemy? Would you feel more lively if you lived in the Immortality House? 

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virgo rising

What were these people ON? The place looks like it was the recent victim of a desert sandstorm, now with its own internal dunes. Having been long involved in consciousness raising and human evolution I can assure you that it is the ability to feel absolutely comfortable, at ease and with the ability to truly rest in oneself that one can transform from the inside out. Trans human, I think not. Sub human is more like it. The only benefit from living in a place like this would be that you wouldn’t need to go to the gym having your… Read more »


The Aquarian in me thinks the colours and shapes are great and the idea of giving your body a work out just to go to the kitchen offsets hours spent on the compy.

The Cancerian side of me is totally freaked out.


HAHAHAHAHA awesome. i kind fo like the outside but that poor lady who bangs her head every time she wants to hang the washing out. this encapsulates everything that was kind of wonky and overwrought about post modernism. exfoliating the derriere hahaha. id really love to get inside one of the lofts for a looksy. great link thanks mystic.

venus a-go-go

I have no idea where on earth I would put my clutter….

… hold on…






Whilst arse exfoliating as SS so ingeniously mentions, they are transmuting into transhumans and transhumans don’t need normal grub…


venus a-go-go

… that would explain the solent green motif…

They could still _pretend_ to have a fridge. Otherwise they would just freak out the nieghbours…


ye gads…

Solent Green…

good point…

Yes, must have fridge for a front….


“Soylent”…..Chck’d spelling…Long time ago, no?

Gives a new meaning to ‘soy’…lol

venus a-go-go

One does have to keep up appearances, doesn’t one:)

There is an oven and a dishwasher… very ominous….


Looks like the inside of a McDonald’s, particularly the dining area and the colors, kind of a play type area for the kids… Ketchup dispenser in the kitchen for the fries… Never forget how I took my grandaughter to a McDonalds as she wanted to go play in the play area. She just looked at her burger. She had never had one (my daughter Virgo rising and into wholesome foods…). Interesting topic Mystic as transhumanism was discussed on another forum not too long ago. It sounded cold and harsh, much like the pix. No Soul or love, or nature really.… Read more »


Well, the art work on the “I Am Back” stream…. :0


My thoughts exactly, davidl.


maybe madoff did us all a big favour ?

Leonine Librarian

unexpected silver lining

Salacious Sagg

Hmm I wonder what the bathroom is like??? Maybe a seat with a slope with sand and stones stuck on it? Hey you could loofa your bottom whilst you did your business!! ; >


Who designs something to be purposely ugly. Me no understanding…

The colours ARGHHHHH the colours.

It totally offends my Libra rising but at the same time sort of intrigues my Gem moon.

Off to get more coffee. It should come with a warning Mystic! Viewer discretion is advised. Unsure that enough caffeine is in your system.

Ãœber Virgo

Not to mention spending the rest of your sorry immortal existence beset by vertigo, nausea, hip dysplasia, arthritis and having to wear padded clothing designed by abovementioned Mr and Mrs Whackjob.

Ãœber Virgo

With no friends.


lol. I wonder if you need to sign a health disclosure before moving in.

I love the image of person waddling around their home like a dazed and scared penguin wearing padded clothing. Gorgeous UV.

Salacious Sagg

It would be fun to visit and explore just for the experience methinks!

scorpalicious robot

it’s hideous… *shudder*

Lexicon Limbo

Just looking at the pictures has made me feel insane. Could NEVER live in such a place. Plus the colours! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh

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