Reversible Destiny Lofts


The Reversible Destiny Project declares [immediately when you visit the website] ‘We have decided not to die’ – instead calling for an ‘Architecture against death’. The project aims to ‘change the mortal destiny of human beings through interaction with our surroundings’ – seemingly based on the healing properties associated with the spacial / volumetric orientation of architecture. The designs are meant to teach their residents [or those visiting, in the case of the hotel proposal shown below] how to live a longer, healthier, more fulfilling & interesting life.


A collaboration between Japanese artist Shusaku Arakawa and the French poet Madeline Gins, the projects try to enliven spaces through the use of organic shapes [spherical], bold colors, and just generally mixing everything up – going so far as to purposefully place things like light fixtures in odd places, forcing residents to search for them, and other deviations from ‘typical’ design sense like making doors too short so that people will be conscious of having to crouch slightly.



The nine-unit multiple dwelling Reversible Destiny Lofts – Mitaka (In Memory of Helen Keller) marks a new point in history, in the history of human dwelling. This first completed example of procedural architecture put to residential use offers a whole new approach to home sweet home. 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. These lofts address and reframe, right in the midst of the workaday world, what have thus-far been intractable philosophical problems, even at times giving rise to possible solutions. Set up to put fruitfully into question all that goes on within them, they steer residents to examine minutely the actions they take and to reconsider and, as it were, recalibrate their equanimity and self-possession, causing them to doubt themselves long enough to find a way to reinvent themselves. These tactically posed architectural volumes put human organisms on the track of why they are as they are. To be sure, every loft comes with a set of directions for use.

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. This is the same set of tendencies and skills to which Arakawa and Madeline Gins, the artists-architects responsible for Reversible Destiny Lofts – Mitaka (In Memory of Helen Keller), gave diagrammatic form in their decades-long research project The Mechanism of Meaning.

By virtue of how it is constructed, through how its elements and features are juxtaposed, the Reversible Destiny Lofts – Mitaka (In Memory of Helen Keller) invites optimistic and constructive action. What could be more optimistic and constructive than a living space that in every way both prods and coaxes its residents to continue living for an indefinitely long period of time?! That is what the term reversible destiny signals loudly and clearly. Each reversible destiny loft has structured into it the capacity to help residents live long and ample lives [from].


Above is a proposed ‘Hotel Reversible Destiny‘ project in New York City. Below is the 5th floor of the proposed hotel, the ‘Transformation + Healing’ level.


If nothing else, go to the site just to see the images – well worth it.

Site of Reversible Destiny – Yoro Park, Gifu

Book by Madeline Gins, ‘What the President Will Say and Do‘ online for free as a PDF [crazy]

via arkinetia

[Ed. Note: My Ninjas, Please!! (better late than never)]

Posted: March 5th, 2007
at 1:46am by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,my ninja, please,housing,interiors,towering pagodas

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  1. I foresee broken hips when people trip on the undulating floors.


    10 Nov 07 at 10:58 am


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