Can the type of house one lives in help you to outlive your peers? The architectural team of Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Arakawa Gins thought so. They believed in this so wholeheartedly that they gave their unique twist on design an equally unique name: Bioscleave. Located in East Hampton, Long Island, N.Y., the home is now on the market for $2,495,000, TopTenRealEstateDeals.com reports.
In their 2002 book, “Architectural Body,” the husband-and-wife team discussed their goals, which in layman’s terms translate to interactive, stimulating daily living in an environment where every action becomes important due to having to deal with extremely uneven floors, vertical poles to hold onto, windows at varying heights, and walls unusually arranged — all of it dressed in 52 strong pops of different colors. The architects believed that the constant awareness of how one is using his or her 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 eliminate much of the deterioration of old age as we know it.
Built as an extension to a 1964 A-frame house designed by Harvard architect Carl Koch, it is sited on one acre in the popular East Hampton community. The overall combined structure measures approximately 3,400 square feet and has four bedrooms and 2.5 baths. The original A-frame is 900 square feet and is accessed in three ways, either by a corridor, a labyrinthine basement directly into the kitchen, or through two front doors that sit atop steep slopes. It consists of a living room with a fireplace, two bedrooms, and 1.5 baths. The Bioscleave addition, designed in 1999, measures roughly 2,700 square feet and contains the kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom, a sunken kitchen, a raised dining area, and a work platform.
The Bioscleave House, the culmination of 40 years of scientific and philosophical investigation into how best to sustain human life and how to use architecture to help people live exceedingly long lives was the brainchild of architects Arakawa and Gins. “Directions for Use” are included for the home, which sits on 1.1 acre. Arakawa died in 2010 at 73. Arakawa Gins died in 2014. She was 72.
The listing agent is Jose B. DosSantos of Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons.
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