Editorial for Icon Design – Tokyo, 2016
The Reversible Destiny Lofts MITAKA -In Memory of Helen Keller- were the first residential works of ‘procedural architecture’ built by Arakawa and Madeline Gins.
This complex of apartments built in Mitaka, a suburb of Tokyo, consists of nine residential units primarily utilizing three shapes (the cube, the sphere and the tube) arranged in stacked forms. Each apartment has a circular room with a kitchen at its center and includes three or four shapes depending on the size of the unit. The floor of the central space is made of an uneven compacted material with vertical poles to assist moving within the space and ceiling hooks allow for the introduction of storage, lighting and furniture.
The entire complex is painted in fourteen colors and linked by a series of external walkways and staircases.