The architectural team of Arakawa and Gins believed they could design a house that would allow its residents to extend their lifespan.
They gave their concept the unique name of bioscleave. Now, the Bioscleave House, or “Lifespan Extending Villa,” is on the market for $2.495 million, according to an article by toptenrealestatedeals.com .
The house is the first example of its kind in the United States, according to the real estate website, and is located in East Hampton, Long Island, N.Y. “Directions for Use” are included.
In their 2002 book “Architectural Body,” by Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins, who have since died, articulated their “bioscleave” theory. They expanded on the importance of an interactive, stimulating daily living environment. Therefore, in the Bioscleave House, every action becomes important due to having to negotiate extremely uneven floors – with vertical poles to hold onto – windows at varying heights and walls unusually arranged and painted in 52 different colors.
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The architects believed that the constant awareness of how one is using one’s body and senses can allow the body to constantly reconfigure itself and eventually strengthen the immune system. Ideally, these physical and sensory challenges and improved immunity would, over time, eliminate much of the deterioration of old age.
Built as an extension to a 1964 A-frame house designed by Harvard architect Carl Koch, it sits on 1 acre in the popular East Hampton community, according to toptenrealestatedeals.com. The overall combined structure measures about 3,400 square feet, has four bedrooms and three baths. The original A-frame is 900 square feet and is accessed in three ways, according to the website, either by a corridor, a labyrinthine basement directly into the kitchen or through the two front doors that sit atop steep slopes. The bioscleave addition designed in 1999 is approximately 2,700 square feet. The A-frame consists of a living room with fireplace, two bedrooms and two baths and a full basement. The bioscleave addition contains the kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom, sunken kitchen and a raised dining area and work platform.
The listing agent is Jose B. DosSantos of Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons.
“The house works as a tool to stimulate the senses to invigorate the people who live and who visit there,” DosSantos told the Hamptons magazine “Curbed.” “(The house uses) architectural elements and features (floors, walls, windows, colors, even light switches), in new and unexpected ways, causing continuous surprise and opening up new experiences, energizing and stimulating them to let go of old habits... thus promoting heath and longevity. The power of this concept is to have this happen on a daily basis, your house as a laboratory.”