Photograph by Dean Kaufman/Bloomberg Pursuits
The tube was inspired by an installation in 2006 and 2007 at
London's Tate Modern by the artist Carsten Holler. The home's occupants (a husband and wife who declined to be identified)
wanted their starship outfitted with the perks of perpetual childhood: Ladders
lead to hidden lofts, a swing dangles in front of a fireplace and a steel
column rising 40 feet from the living room to the rafters is equipped with
rubber handholds and a harness, so you can get in a quick climb before
breakfast and rappel down before your cappuccino’s finished frothing.