Homes in the Hamptons are known for their beach appeal, extravagant price tags, and intriguing backstories.
1. Who built it
Avant-garde artists Madeline Gins and Arakawa designed the structure known as the “Life-Span Extending Villa” based on their philosophical belief of “reversible destiny.” Instead of making life (through a house) cozy and comfortable, the theory goes, create an off-balance environment that challenges the mind and body, which will keep you forever young.
“It’s immoral that people have to die,” Gins told the New York Times. Moral or not, both artists have died since the building of the home. So, while extending your life span sounds nice, the theory is dubious.
2. History of the home
In the late 1990s, the artists were commissioned to add an extension to a small Hamptons home that would “explore their reversible destiny theory,” according to the Times. The homeowner eventually abandoned the project over mounting costs. A group of professors formed an LLC to purchase the house and finish the extension.
The home reportedly cost more than $2 million to build, even after Arakawa and Gins secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in donated labor and materials.
3. What’s inside
Sitting on an acre of land are two connected structures, which measure 3,400 square feet and have four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a studio, a traditional living room with fireplace, a sunken kitchen, and a raised dining platform.
The playful interior spaces resemble a playground with earthen mounds in the flooring, off-kilter placement of windows, and a kaleidoscope of paint colors. Poles are placed throughout the uneven floors to grab for balance.
4. Who has lived in the Bioscleave House?
Thus far, the house promising immortality hasn’t tempted any mortal buyers.
As far as we can tell, no one has actually lived in the Bioscleave House since its completion in 2008. The property has bounced on and off the market over the years, including in 2011 when it was listed for $4 million.
5. Reversible destiny did go global
While this house is a one-of-a-kind in the United States, the artists completed other projects that are currently being used in Japan. They include a “reversible destiny” park with similarly uneven ground, a maze, and “disorienting spaces.” The popular tourist spot opened in 1995. (Take note: Helmets are available. Bones have been broken.)
Jose B. DosSantos of Brown Harris Stevens holds the listing.
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