Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Immortality House

The Bioscleave house in East Hampton New York is a two million dollar home that looks like a cross between a playground and a Ripley's Believe it or Not. It is an experiment in reverse destiny.

At first I thought it must be a house with some kind of bubble around it and highly sanitized and germ resistant furniture, but soon found out it had nothing to do with health.

The house is non-traditional (windows by the ground or above the head so people cannot orient themselves, small bumps all over the floor instead of a smooth surface, a floor that rises and falls like a small eastern Iowa landscape, rooms without doors-even the bathroom, and bright colors such as fireman red splashed everywhere). It kind of looks like a wax house somebody has put a gigantic flame under and partially melted.

The idea is that whoever lives there cannot be comfortably lulled into complacency and traditional ideas (such as death). If one is surrounded by new and non-traditional architecture, and not allowed to move about comfortably, they will purge themselves of traditional but not necessarily true ideas--such as the idea they will someday die.

I hate to take cheap shots at things, but my main reaction after reading this was: isn't there something better two million dollars could be put into? Why do we waste our resources on things like this when there are starving children in Africa? That's all.