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Crazy Dr. Seuss-style House

Check out this NYTimes slideshow of an absolutely awesome house on Long Island!

None of the surfaces are level, everything is brightly colored, and you'd have to hang curtains to get any privacy. The architects included poles to help people stay upright when climbing around. I totally want one of these...

From the article:
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. "If Neil Armstrong were here, he would say, "This is even better!

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.

"They ought to build hospitals like this," she said.

A reporter, who thinks they should never, ever build hospitals like this, tried to go with the flow.

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Kiteman9 years ago
That house, plus a couple of pints of St Peter's Ruby (in my hand right now, 4.3% ABV), equals a broken limb or three...

It looks good, but I can't understand why they ban children - they could charge money to let them play there for an hour or three.
canida (author)  Kiteman9 years ago
The US is too litigious for that.
Now if the flooring was that neat recycled rubber tire stuff instead of concrete...

While Playguard only seems to come in tiles, you can get this stuff in pour-in-place form. Sounds perfect.

If the architects created a similar structure, covering everything with a pour-in-place safety surface, like this playground safety surface, it would be the perfect summertime boredom-buster activity for kids.

I think it would only add to the fun, then again I'm a bit younger and more likely to survive the repeat falls...
Plasmana7 years ago
Nice, but it is a little bit too wacky for me... :)
Koosie7 years ago
Wow, instant headache!

Wonder what the neighbours said about it.
kitnrose7 years ago
 I love this - not sure I could live there (especially mornings before coffee - I'm wobbly enough without help) but it's supremely fun.  My only complaint is that they haven't gone nearly far enough.  Add in some bungee rope nets for seating, platforms , a ball pit, slides, rope bridges stretching from one side of the room to the other ... and make that the starting point for more insanity.

And my cruel side really, really wants to sit on one of those platforms and watch the last hour of a cocktail party.  
seandogue7 years ago
It's a bit too tacky and crayola for my taste and architecturally a hack job. Aside from the obvious hazard of the floor and all too many sharp angles on which to gouge oneself after stumbling on the braindead floor, it just looks like yet another waste of capital by another bored overly rich person to satisfy the demands of his ego and those of his bored, privileged wife. I see they're part of "that" generation...no wonder.
You've gotta be kidding.  Who doesn't love crayola?  Maybe you just grew up too quickly.  This is awesome
All I can say is ... "Yech". Looks like it was made of some left over shipping containers, although I have to admit that it seems well suited to Neuvo Riche arti'ste wannbees. I think the whole thing is another example of the silly, myopic tendencies towards Me-centric Uselessism displayed so often by the generation who both paid for it and "designed" it...that is, when they're not demanding that everyone get onboard with their frivolousness or be shunned as "uncool". I define my cool based on more strenuous criteria than D-level, 8th grade level geometry, kindergarten-level color schemes, and tweener-driven skateboard-park-in-the-living-room fantasies.

But I realize that I'm not "normal"...tg. ;)
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