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September 14, 2018
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The experimental Bioscleave House, located in East Hampton, N.Y., was designed to extend the lifespan of its resident. It is currently for sale for $2.5 million. 

Designed by avant-garde artists Madeline Gins and Arakawa, the home adheres to their theory of "reversible destiny," meaning that the space is created to keep the resident "off-balance," in the hopes that the mental and physical challenges presented by the structure keep them feeling young, Realtor.com explains. The structure has no interior doors, its floor is rippled and made with rammed earth, and is painted with bold colors both in the interior and on the home's exterior.

“It’s immoral that people have to die,” Gins told the New York Times. Moral or not, both artists have died since the building of the home. So, while extending your life span sounds nice, the theory is dubious. In the late 1990s, the artists were commissioned to add an extension to a small Hamptons home that would “explore their reversible destiny theory,” according to the Times. The homeowner eventually abandoned the project over mounting costs. A group of professors formed an LLC to purchase the house and finish the extension. 

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