Shusaku Arakawa designed Reverse Destiny Loft Apartments in the Tokyo suburb of Mitaka in conjunction with his poet partner, Madeline Gins. Painted in bright colors, the building resembles a childrens playground. Inside, apartments feature rooms with a grainy, surfaced floor that slopes erratically, electric switches are located in unexpected places on the walls so you have to feel around for the right one. One may wonder the purpose for all this, though the architect believes the apartments make you alert and awakens your instincts. Maybe that's why their web site says the apartment building is "Dedicated to Helen Keller".
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