Thursday, May 18, 2006
JAPANESE APARTMENT BLOCK - ALL THE DISCOMFORTS OF HOME
The creative duo of Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins have unveiled a small and most unusual apartment block based in Mitaka, Tokyo. Reversible Destiny Lofts are eye-catching brightly painted lofts that look like a McDonald's play ground through the eyes of someone on LSD. The architecture looks like the aftermath of a size 3 earthquake, a little shaken and lopsided. There is a method behind the designers madness however.
The goal of these apartments is to keep its dwelers from lounging, sitting back and relaxing increasing their rate of decline. Arakawa and Gins designed an uncomfotable and non-calming 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.
Thanks The Cool Hunter