House Tour: Eliphante & Hippodome

NYT House & Home Roundup 1.31.08

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This bizarre sculptural home is perhaps the best (and most extreme) example of Slow Design. Located in Cornville, Arizona, Eliphante was created with found materials over a period of 28 years by the artist Michael Kahn and his wife Leda Livant...

Named for it's entrance (above) Eliphante and neighboring "buildings" are stretched along three acres of land. Made of driftwood and cast-off building supplies, the "Hippodome" is the large dome that Ms. Livant resides in. There is a piano, heat, electricty and water but the buildings are without a bathroom or toilet (there is a separate bath house that features a solar-heated shower). A Handmade Home tells the history of the place and offers some insight into it's free-form design:

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The outdoor kitchen:

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Kinda crazy, eh? Don't miss the complete slideshow, only about two-thirds of the images are posted here.

(Pics: David Kadlubowski)