Bioscleave House (Lifespan extending villa) is the first work of procedural architecture to be erected in the United States. It is a single family dwelling that functions as an "inter-active laboratory of everyday life". There is a kitchen in the center of the living space and four separate rooms - bedroom 1, bedroom 2, a bathroom, and a study. The house is rotationally symmetric, with a sloping sculpted floor (biotopological terrain), and walls that connect in unexpected ways (crashing walls), that work to map perception and diagramatically display the set of tendencies and coordinating skills fundamental to human capability. It comes with its own directions for use.
In their book Architectural body, Arakawa and Gins introduces the term bioscleave: "Architecture's holding in place occurs within and as part of a prevailing atmospheric condition that other routinely call biosphere, but which we, feeling the need to stress its dynamic nature, have renamed bioscleave." They continue to outline two of the most active procedures in the Bioscleave house - the Disperse-to-Contrast procedure and the Tentativeness Cradling procedure.
The tactically posed elements, such as the oddly scaled objects and unique color palette, in the house are meant to help the resident to become more aware of his or her actions and surroundings. By forcing one to recognize their daily actions, the house keeps a person tentative so that he or she must negotiate even the simplest tasks in the familiar setting of a home. This heightened body awareness and challenging of senses can, according to Arakawa and Gins, allow the body to constantly re-configure itself and with time become a means to strengthen the residents immune system.
The Bioscleave House fundamentally proposes an architecture of viability that helps to sustain one throughout life, and even extend human lifespan indefinitely.
"The tense of architecture should be not that of "This is this" or "Here is this" but instead that of "What's going on?""
- Madeline Gins, Architectural Body (2002)
• Completed in 2008
• Size: 2700 sq.ft / 255 m²
• Program: Residence
• Location: East Hampton, New York