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Condos that look like Candy

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These apartments look good enough to eat

The $750,000 Reversible Destiny Lofts in Tokyo aren't edible, but they look like they should be. This housing project for the elderly aims to keep residents sharp by throwing them off balance. And since the elderly are known for having a sweet tooth, the aesthetic of the buildings seem particularly apt.

Shusaku Arakawa, a Japanese artist based in New York and his creative partner, poet Madeline Gins, recently unveiled a small apartment complex in the Tokyo suburb of Mitaka that is anything but comfortable and calming. "People, particularly old people, shouldn't relax and sit back to help them decline," he insists. "They should be in an environment that stimulates their senses and invigorates their lives."

With that in mind, Arakawa and Gins designed a building of nine apartments known as Reversible Destiny Lofts. Painted in eye-catching blue, pink, red, yellow and other bright colors, the building resembles the indoor playgrounds that attract toddlers at fast-food restaurants. Inside, each apartment features a dining room with a grainy, surfaced floor that slopes erratically, a sunken kitchen and a study with a concave floor. Electric switches are located in unexpected places on the walls so you have to feel around for the right one. A glass door to the veranda is so small you have to bend to crawl out. You constantly lose balance and gather yourself up, grab onto a column and occasionally trip and fall.

Sounds like our behavior after eating candy that looks like this apartment complex.

[from boingboing via Sushi & Sensibility]


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