Reversible Destiny Lofts. Photograph: Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images

“We have decided not to die,” declared architects Shusaku Arakawa and Madeleine Gins in the title of the book they published in 1997, arguing that lopsided, physically challenging spaces would awaken residents’ instincts and allow them to live better, longer – even forever. Head out to Tokyo’s leafy suburb of Mitaka and see their rainbow-coloured Reversible Destiny Lofts. The nine apartments in this complex have uneven floors and rounded walls, awkward light switches, power sockets in the ceilings, and no cupboards. Some of the units are available for short-term rent, but watch your step!

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