ARAKAWA + GINS’ (Arakawa and Madeline Gins) Reversible Destiny Lofts in Mitaka (Tokyo), Japan.
"Reversible Destiny Lofts"= Youthfully interactive nursing home. Before diving in, their tag line, “Architecture Against Death”, and motto, “We have decided not to die” strongly speak the philosophical approach evident in their projects.
There is a total of 9 lofts designed in memory of Helen Keller. Colors, material and structural design are inviting and joyous for all ages. Arakawa and Gins emphasis on detail, such as the floor’s wavy composure to enhance one’s walking experience, is respected.
More on the thought process of this project:
"Procedural architecture is an architecture of precision and unending invention. Works of procedural architecture function as well-tooled pieces of equipment that help the body organize its thoughts and actions to a greater degree than had previously been thought possible.”
"The living body is in desperate need of an architectural context within which to demonstrate right on the spot its capabilities as a whole, ones already included in its repertoire as well as those still to be discovered or invented. These lofts make vivid to their residents the operative tendencies and coordinating skills essential to and determinative of human thought and behavior; which means to say, they manage, by virtue of how they are constructed, to reveal to their residents the ins and outs of what makes a person tick.”
A film of the interior:
Hope for when I am wrinkly and less mobile. The people living in this complex right now are blessed.
Side note: Their 2006 published book, “Making Dying Illegal”, begins with this statement: "Reversible Destiny Statute: "Not making an all-out effort to go on living and the act of dying are from this date on classed first-order felonies. Citizens will need to strive to define the heartiness of their existences and be responsible for astute and timely assessment of negative patterns of events and failed or failing conditions. Choosing to live within a tactically posed surround/tutelary abode will be counted as an all-out effort to go on living."
Side, side note: This past week, at least 3 of my posts have been highlighting Japanese audio and visual creatives. Hm.