The Reversible Destiny Lofts MITAKA -In Memory of Helen Keller- are the first permanently habitable works of procedural architecture built by artists/architects Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins.

The building, which consists of nine residential units, was completed in 2005 and has since been featured in countless articles in the press internationally. A landmark in Tokyo’s Western suburbs, this housing project has been painted in fourteen colors both inside and outside, inspiring the Japanese novelist Setouchi Jakuchou to refer to the building as an “ultrachromatic undying house.”

After years of research, Arakawa+Gins' philosophical explorations led them to address the residential space - a type of space where people spend a large part of their lives. This project of 'Reversible Destiny" which is achieved through procedural architecture, also opens up new possibilities in thinking about the social role of art. 

As a work of procedural architecture, the building aims to challenge and stimulate the senses, encouraging visitors to discover the full potential of the body. While there are spaces that a three-year old could use better than an adult, there are also other spaces that a seventy-year old may be better suited to explore. By inhabiting a space that does not allow one to think of it as something that is self-evident, visitors may realize that they can do things that at some point they thought were impossible. 

Helen Keller was a role-model and a source of inspiration to Arakawa + Gins, and was described by them as someone able to practice “reversible destiny” in her own life time. The lofts have been dedicated to the memory of Helen Keller.

The Reversible Destiny Lofts MITAKA are managed by the Tokyo office of Arakawa + Gins (Coordinologist, Inc.). It is currently used as residential and educational and cultural facilities. Some of these units are available for long and short-term lease.

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• Completed in 2005

• Size: Total floor area 8200 sq.ft / 762 m²

• Program: Residential Apartments

• Location: Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan