Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Now This is Going Too Far

You know I'm all about healthy living, but this is really going too far.

It's a house in Long Island, NY and it was specifically designed to be, get this, as uncomfortable to live in as possible.

The house even has a name, it's called the Bioscleave House and it's also known as the Lifespan Extending Villa.

So why would it be a good idea for the home to be uncomfortable?

Well according to an article from the New York Times, the designers feel,

"Its architecture makes people use their bodies in unexpected ways to maintain equilibrium, and that, she said, will stimulate their immune systems."
So what's uncomfortable? Well as you can see from the picture above, the floor is an undulating, uneven mass with poles for stability and if you click on the slideshow on the New York Times' website, you'll also see that power outlets and light switches are placed at seemingly random and hard to reach locations.

Other than perhaps Dr. James Levine, I'm not sure who else would want this house. That might explain why not surprisingly, the house is unoccupied - but if you've got $2 million to spare, its wonders can be yours.

A word of advice to the would be buyers - if you go out for a bender, instead of getting a taxi home, rent a room.

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  1. Well, it works here in Japan. Houses are two or three stories, and have steep staircases that require good balance. Train stations have stairs and often no escalators. Many Tokyo retailers are in vertical buildings with five or six stories and very slow elevators so you end up just climbing the damn stairs rather than waiting. There is no parking, so don't bother driving. Grocery stores don't have electric "fatmobiles," and the aisles are too narrow for them anyway.

    It's hard on the old people, but on the other hand, the old people, 85 years old and older, are still out doing their shopping, often using "silver cars," strollers for the elderly that are combination grocery carriers, seats for resting, and rolling canes.

    In the U.S. these elderly would either be (1) dead, or (2) disabled in a care facility, probably missing a limb or two from diabetes.

  2. Stairs are one thing. Undulating floors are another! I would be worried that all of that uncomfortable architecture would have the opposite effect. Wouldn't so much chaos cause undue stress? And we know that stress isn't good for the immune system...

    Anything that gets people off the couch once in a while is a good thing. But you still want to be comfortable sometimes!

  3. niraikanai8:10 pm

    I live in Japan, and yes, the stairs and the lack of escalators in stations (and the very, very few elevators) make people more likely to climb up and get some exercise, but still...

    I'm seriously clumsy, and that house looks like a nightmare to me. The concept of a home that makes one more prone to exercising may be truly well and good, but those corners just look like a health hazard to me. I wouldn't want to live there.

    IMHO, steep staircases do not equal uneven flooring and sharp corners.