BIOSCLEAVE HOUSE ░░ LIFESPAN EXTENDING VILLA

"Start by thinking of architecture as a tentative constructing toward a holding in place. Architecture’s holding in place occurs within and as part of a prevailing atmospheric condition that others routinely call biosphere but which we, feeling the need to stress its dynamic nature, have renamed bioscleave."

— Madeline Gins + Arakawa

Bioscleave House, the first work of procedural architecture to be erected the United States, will in effect operate as an interactive laboratory of everyday life. This fully symmetrical house, with a sloping sculpted floor and walls that connect in unexpected ways, will map perception and diagrammatically display the set of tendencies and coordinating skills fundamental to human capability. Within its walls, people will see in detail how astoundingly complex is even the simplest of routine tasks. The fundamental subject of Bioscleave House is staying alive/coming alive to/staying alive to, a subject which has not been addressed by architecture before. Thanks to the architectural procedures this house has in play, whoever moves about within it wishing to live forever may do so.

Project Specifics:
  • Design: Arakawa + Gins
  • Status: Completed in 2008
  • Size: 2700 ft² / 255 m²
  • Program: Residence
  • Client: Angela Gallman / The Professor's Group / Architectural Body Research Foundation
  • Location: East Hampton, NY
  • Architect: Aryeh Siegel, Lawrence Marek
  • Consultants: Lawrence Marek, Andrew Macnair
  • Lighting: Hervé Descottes, L'Observatoire International
  • Engineer: Dewhurst, MacFarlane and Partners
  • Project Manager: Joke Post
  • Project Team: Toshi Ando, Koichi Tsutsui
Bioscleave House (Lifespan Extending Villa), Interior, Living Area, Dining Table, Kitchen, 2008, photo: Dimitris Yeros
Bioscleave House (Lifespan Extending Villa), Set of Shape-Defining Elements
Bioscleave House (Lifespan Extending Villa), Interior Views - Computer Rendering
Bioscleave House (Lifespan Extending Villa), Exterior, North East Elevation, 2008, photo: Dimitris Yeros
Bioscleave House (Lifespan Extending Villa), Interior, Living Area, Bedroom 1, 2008, photo: Jose Luis Perez-Griffo Viquera
Bioscleave House (Lifespan Extending Villa), Interior, Bathroom, 2008, photo: Dimitris Yeros
Bioscleave House (Lifespan Extending Villa), Exterior, Bedroom 2, 2008, photo: Margot List
Bioscleave House (Lifespan Extending Villa), Interior, Living Area, Kitchen, Bedroom 1, 2008, photo: Jose Luis Perez-Griffo Viquera
Bioscleave House (Lifespan Extending Villa), Interior, Living Area, Kitchen, Bedroom 2, Study, 2008, photo: Jose Luis Perez-Griffo Viquera
Bioscleave House (Lifespan Extending Villa), Interior, Living Area, Kitchen, 2008 photo: Dimitris Yeros
Bioscleave House (Lifespan Extending Villa), Birds-eye view, Computer Rendering, 2004
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