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Crazy Dr. Seuss-style House Answered

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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Kiteman

10 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.

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canidaKiteman

Reply 10 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.

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Bizzuka Inccanida

Reply 3 years ago

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.

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killerjackalopeKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

I think it would only add to the fun, then again I'm a bit younger and more likely to survive the repeat falls...

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Plasmana

8 years ago

Nice, but it is a little bit too wacky for me... :)

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Koosie

8 years ago

Wow, instant headache!

Wonder what the neighbours said about it.

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kitnrose

8 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.  

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seandogue

9 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.

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CatalystAdvocateseandogue

Reply 8 years ago

You've gotta be kidding.  Who doesn't love crayola?  Maybe you just grew up too quickly.  This is awesome

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seandogueCatalystAdvocate

Reply 8 years ago

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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jessyratfink

9 years ago

The outside and the individual rooms (especially the bathroom) are stunning. I don't care for the bumpy floor or the crazy modern art museum feel of the common areas, but the rest is wonderful.

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Ieatbabiez

9 years ago

I love this place! I want to live there! :D

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starwannab

9 years ago

I want to go here!! I think this is totally awesome!! Maybe Jim Carrey stays here?

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IrishNymph

9 years ago

That is real cool! But I do have to say that you should add some Dr Seuss odd and ends. And maybe some hidden rooms/cabinets. And you should also consider making a child-safe smaller house, they might even pay. Really nice,though

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whiteoakart

9 years ago

How different would this be than going camping? Running water, electricity and a lot fewer bugs, I suppose. But the terrain and tree trunks look familiar. Ever have to find your way to a potty spot in the dark? It's just like this. Maybe this is how New Yorkers go camping?

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Goodhartwestfw

Reply 10 years ago

So far, that is a marvelous story....I hope I can finish it....

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GoodhartGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

That certainly seems....familiar... somehow. Was it published in an anthology or in one of Heinlein's own books?

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Goodhartwestfw

Reply 10 years ago

I always wondered if CUBE and CUBE2: Hypercube got their ideas from somewhere else...... :-)

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Goodhartwestfw

Reply 10 years ago

Oh Cool, thanks. Not sure when I will have time to browse there.....but what I see so far is great :-)

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Sunbankswestfw

Reply 10 years ago

Not the tesseract!!!!!!!

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Goodhart

10 years ago

*shudder* I can NOT imagine having to vacuum or scrub floors in that place LOL

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GoodhartGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

In fact, that would definitely be dangerous to live in for someone like me who, at one time, did some sleepwalking *shudder*

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Dr Seuss

10 years ago

Ha ha that is definitely one amazing house. But it looks like it's lacking on the memorabilia! This place needs more Dr Seuss books, Dr Seuss poems, Just plain ol' more Seuss! You can never have enough.

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GoodhartDr Seuss

Reply 10 years ago

With out the Cat in the Hat or the Lorax, Dr. Seuss seems strangely absent....

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thejrb

10 years ago

Looks really cool! I wouldn't want to live their though maybe as a night stay or something.

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Goodhartthejrb

Reply 10 years ago

Oh no, not overnight.....imagine waking in the middle of the night having to go to the bath room LOL You could DIE or get seriously injured. No, it would be cool to visit during the day....though.

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LinuxH4x0r

10 years ago

Woah, thats trippy. Living in it wouldn't be fun anymore after a few months

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CapnTac

10 years ago

SWEET!!! I would absolutely LOVE living there!