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Friday, February 16, 2007

Your Reversible Destiny

posted by on February 16 at 11:50 AM

Fnarf, the Humian, sent me a vision of hell:
20051228111822.jpg Designed by Arakawa and Gins, built by Takenaka Corp, located in Tokyo, and called the Reversible Destiny Lofts, the pictured crazy looking apartment building has this purpose: to simulate and invigorate its residents.

With that in mind, Arakawa and Gins designed a building of nine apartments known as Reversible Destiny Lofts. Painted in eye-catching blue, pink, red, yellow and other bright colors, the building resembles the indoor playgrounds that attract toddlers at fast-food restaurants. Inside, each apartment features a dining room with a grainy, surfaced floor that slopes erratically, a sunken kitchen and a study with a concave floor. Electric switches are located in unexpected places on the walls so you have to feel around for the right one. A glass door to the veranda is so small you have to bend to crawl out. You constantly lose balance and gather yourself up, grab onto a column and occasionally trip and fall.
What misery. What pain. Worse still, an unfortunate octogenarian lives in one of the apartments, crawling about, looking for stimulation and light switches in the dark. If I only could, if the power was right there in my hands, I would banish all of my enemies (an example: that fickle female film critic at Seattlest) to an eternity in the Reversible Destiny Lofts.

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That's some Alice in Wonderland shit.

Posted by thecandyqueen | February 16, 2007 12:05 PM

inspired by mcdonald's playland structures, carnival funhouses, with a touch of the home makeover in "beetlejuice?" reversible destiny meaning the opposite of death, ergo...childhood? land o' goshen, modern japan sure is a stange place.

Posted by ellarosa | February 16, 2007 12:10 PM

i like em..these would sell like hotcakes on the Hill.

Posted by michael strangeways | February 16, 2007 12:21 PM

What crime must one commit to be sentenced to live in this eternal vertigo?

Posted by BB | February 16, 2007 12:26 PM

The funny thing is they're for old people. And deliberately annoying. I'm remembering my own grandparents and trying to imagine them stooping down to crawl out onto the veranda. "Tripping and falling" as a deliberate strategy for old people who quite possibly will never walk again if they fall.

They look like licorice all-sorts, though, which is cool.

Charles, I'm not sure I'm a Humian; I'm more of a logical positivist, I hope without the unfortunate baggage that has been known to go with on occasion. If you can't measure it, it doesn't exist.

Posted by Fnarf | February 16, 2007 12:26 PM

"If you can't measure it, it doesn't exist."

But if you do measure it then it isn't what it was before you did, per Schroedinger. So reality would seem to walk a fine line between measurement and it's possibility, perhaps something like Whitman's walk through the starry night with the thought of death on one side of him and the knowledge of death on the other side of him.

Oh, and the building looks like something Fisher Price would have designed as a habitation for it's little people. In case CM has not been exposed to this phenomenon as we all were as children:

or the old-school version:

Posted by kinaidos | February 16, 2007 12:53 PM

I would so love to see some places like that here in dreary Seattle - how about Fremont?

Posted by Will in Seattle | February 16, 2007 1:18 PM

octogenarian concerns aside (though not lightly!!), i think this thing sounds like it marches to the drum BOTH of frustration AND of delight!!

how about doing one here combined with a mandatory game of "musical apartment" every few months or so?

it'd be the perfect habitat for those who'd like to try and achieve a state of sustained questioning of the kinds of things we take most for granted...

and all without drugs (or with, whatever your preference)!!!


i'm in!!

Posted by m. | February 16, 2007 1:47 PM
Electric switches are located in unexpected places on the walls so you have to feel around for the right one

That detail alone would be enough to make me to take an ax to every surface in one of those apartments.

Posted by keshmeshi | February 16, 2007 2:17 PM

I wonder if this is the future for the elderly, then what is the future for those group of humans who are thought to be the laziest: the homeless?

In the future, the shelters will be so crowded that their residents will be crawling over eachother. When they want to leave, they'll simply hop out the window or exit through a funnel in the floor. The heat will be turned on during summer, but turned off during winter, and huge electrical fans will blow upon them from the ceiling.

The food will be spicy and strange. Some of it will move.

Visitors will arrive periodically to bump and prod the residents with electric zappers.

All of this while a large metal tube plays out "music" composed by an electrical engineer, though his occasional, hysterical laughter will sometimes make of the resident's seemingly eternal turmoil a welcome interlude.

Posted by Mr. Sauce's Friend | February 16, 2007 2:37 PM

Oh, Charles...are you trying to ask Audrey out? That's cute!

Posted by MvB | February 16, 2007 2:51 PM

i can always count on you to ruin my day, charles, with your negative rants.

Posted by frederick r | February 16, 2007 3:07 PM

People you are not allowed to live anywhere except in suburban homes with burnt lawns, boring condos with no lawns or an apartment with Charles and if you cry well look out.
The idea! Painting a home different colors, trying to stimulate your life.
It is in Japan, don't even think of understanding why!
OK lets try.
It is kinda like people there not understanding why Seattle does not have rapid transit.
Talk about crazy huh?

Posted by Brian | February 16, 2007 5:00 PM

i want the lime green round one near the start...and forget belltown or capitol hill...let's throw this thing in bellevue so we can really twist some panties!! it'll be a sacrifice to live on the east side for sure, but what a payoff...!!

Posted by m. | February 16, 2007 5:34 PM

#2 beat me too it, but yeah, that's some McDondald's playland shit right there. But it isn't hell, hell is painted beige.

Posted by Dougsf | February 20, 2007 1:57 PM

pea-soup beige.

Posted by m. | February 20, 2007 4:56 PM

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