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?