The way you design your space can have a significant impact on how you feel—this, we know. But can it also have an effect on your lifespan? That’s the premise of the Bioscleave House: A technicolor home dubbed by listing agency Brown Harris Stevens as the “life span–extending villa” because the colorful and unconventional interior allegedly helps its residents live longer. You can buy this death-defying wonder house for a cool $1.49 million.
Measuring in at around 3,400 square feet with four bedrooms and two and a half baths, the sprawling East Hampton property can credit its hefty price tag to the unique design. It was created by avant-garde artists Arakawa and Madeline Gins, partners who cofounded the Reversible Destiny Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to studying the use of architecture to extend our lives—its first architectural project in the United States was the Bioscleave House.
The property is unlike anything we’ve ever seen: It includes 52 colors, two structures (a Bauhaus-inspired A-Frame designed by Carl Koch and the vibrant, cubist-inspired Bioscleave home), and a seriously trippy interior. Every room in the Bioscleave space is doorless, opening into a central atrium of sorts that includes a sunken kitchen.
Color and a distinct lack of privacy aren’t the only remarkable things about this home, though. The ground of the central space is bumpy and slanted; rainbow-colored poles crop up every few feet so that, according to Design Boom, “people will have something to grab onto when disoriented.”
Around this time, you may be wondering exactly how a home with wonky floors and every color under the sun is meant to prolong your life. According to the Reversible Destiny Foundation, Arakawa and Gins believed that the unexpected design kept people on their toes: “This heightened body awareness and the challenging of senses can, they believed, allow the body to constantly reconfigure itself and with time become a means to strengthen the immune system.”
Listing agent Jose DosSantos echoes this statement. In an interview with Curbed, he spoke to the energizing properties of the home’s design. “The power of this concept is to have this happen on a daily basis; [use] your house as a laboratory,” he said.
Whether or not you believe in Bioscleave House’s life-extending properties, the color palette alone may be enough to merit the purchase. Here’s to one of the most interesting homes we’ve ever seen.