Look closely at the picture. The floor is not level; it has randomly-placed bumps. The poles are there to grab when the imbalance gets too extreme. There are no railings around the depressed central area. The colors are glaring and intended to distract. There are no chairs and definitely no overstuffed couches. There is no place to get ‘comfortable.’
The designers of this space–Madeline Gins and Shusaku Arakawa, believed that comfort and inaction was a means to a quick end–death. Discomfort and action, however, was the ticket to longevity; the more a building challenged people to use their bodies, the longer they would live. Arakawa and Gins named their design the Bioscleave House (or Life Extending Villa) and expected that living in it would make people live longer.
Now before your crazy-meter goes off, this has a point, and that point has to do with writing. It’s a reminder not to let yourself get too comfortable–either in the act of writing or in what you write. [Read more…]