Sometimes the most unordinary things are the most interesting, and that happens to be the case with this interesting building in Japan called the Reversible Destiny Lofts. You may recognize this iconic building from HBO's Girls when Shoshanna takes her sojourn to Japan, but there is much more to this piece of architecture than being the backdrop in shows and movies. The Reversible Destiny Lofts in Mitaka, a suburb of Tokyo, was built in memory of Helen Keller and they were the first residential procedural architecture projects built by Arakawa and Madeline Gins. The apartment complex is a group of nine residential units that are comprised of simple 3D shapes like the cube, cylinder and a sphere. Then, the shapes were stacked and arranged to create apartments with a very playful design in mind making for a very interesting and beautiful work of architecture and art. Each apartment includes a circular shaped floor plan that includes the main living space with a kitchen in the centre and then three or four other shapes depending on the square footage of the unit. There are also interesting materials and vertical poles to help people move around inside of the space. There are also ceiling hooks which can be used for storage, lighting and furniture.
As for the decor and colours, there are a total of 14 different colours throughout the entire building which makes for a bright and beautiful design. The concept of procedural architecture developed by Arakawa and Gins was created to stimulate the senses and awaken the imagination which it does a great job of. Helen Keller was the inspiration behind this project, and they saw her as being able to live a reversible destiny which means that she took the things that could have made her life difficult and made her life beautiful regardless. We can see this happening in architecture often then there are obstacles in the way and then something bright and beautiful like these buildings comes out of it. We can really apply the reversible destiny to any part of our lives and make life what we want it to be. The project was completed in 2005, and there is a total floor area of 8,200 square feet which are separated into smaller spaces to be used for residential and educational spaces.
As Shoshanna in Girls did, people can apply for a short stay program to live in one of these air-conditioned apartments while they work or study in Japan. There are also tours of the building which can be arranged by appointment or you can go on the group tours if you're visiting the area. The apartment for four people is 60.36 square meters with a balcony that is 11.77 square meters. There are 2 bedrooms, 1 study room, a bathroom, living and dining room as well as the kitchen. During your stay, you'll have Wifi, air conditioning, air purifier, fans, hammock, and pretty much anything else you'd need for a comfortable stay. You can lounge in the living room in the hammock or relax on the balcony overlooking the cityscape. For sleeping, there is 1 futon set included, but they can add more futon sets depending on how many people will be staying in the space. If you don't need a large space, there is also the apartment for only 2 people as well. It would be so fun to stay in one of these units while visiting Japan. Going with friends or a loved one it would be an experience you would never forget. Would you like the chance to stay in one of these cool apartments?
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