Deepak Chopra helped design the apartments in a new complex, Muse Residences, in Miami, Florida, and tells Business Insider that the units are made to promote residents’ happiness and overall well-being. Each condo will have filtered water, purified air, and lighting that mimics natural sunlight.
“The place that you live in is your extended body,” Chopra says. “The air you’re breathing is your breath, and the water is your circulation ... So you have to take care of it.”
Prices for the units start at US$5 million, though the two penthouses are asking US$18.5 million and nearly US$20 million, according to Forbes. As of late January, 70 per cent have been sold.
Take a look at the renderings of the complex, which will open in early 2018.
On a beach in northeast Miami, the Chopra-designed Muse Residences will include 68 units on 49 floors.
Chopra partnered with real estate wellness consultancy Delos and two development companies — S2 Development and Property Markets Group — to create the residences.
Chopra has a holistic view of health, and believes the mind, body, soul, and universe are all connected. He says he tried to bring that philosophy to the new residences.
Some scientists and medical professionals have criticised Chopra’s claims, calling his teachings pseudoscience, particularly those related to evolution and medicine.
The units’ design concentrates on three core wellness principles: water, air, and light. Chopra says that focusing on these natural elements will connect residents to nature.
Chopra also says the units’ state-of-the-art water purification and air filtration systems will boost residents’ immune systems. The units will have morning, mid-day, and evening settings, though that can be turned off manually if residents choose.
Recent research has emphasised the benefits of following circadian rhythms. In a 2013 study, scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder found that if you live by the sun’s schedule, you are more likely to go to sleep at least an hour earlier, wake up an hour earlier, and feel less sluggish, because your internal clock and external environment are more in sync.
The Muse Residences are part of the smart home movement, Chopra says. In the future, he expects homes will be able to monitor residents’ blood pressure, heart rate, stress levels, and immune functions, then recommend how to adjust lighting and temperature accordingly.