Elvis had Graceland, Price had Paisley Park, and The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne has a psychedelic compound in Oklahoma City. (You’d be disappointed if he didn’t, right?) From the street, it looks like what it originally was: a blocky Deco house in the fairly low-rent neighbourhood where Coyne grew up. Step inside, however, and you enter a magical alternative reality – the residential equivalent of The Flaming Lips’ mind-expanding music.
Designed by Oklahoma-based Fitzsimmons Architects, with extensive creative input from Coyne and his artist-photographer wife, the hallucinogenic home is awash with organic curves and patterned mosaics, skull motifs and hanging fireplaces, luxe lounging areas and groovy fittings that wouldn’t be out of place on the set of Barbarella.
Picking a stand-out feature amid so much bohemian splendour is almost impossible, but the bathroom (pictured below) – attached to the main house in an ovoid pod aptly named the Dragon Egg – is pretty spesh. Described by one commentator as having a Gaudí-meets-Jetsons vibe, it’s a blissful white dream capsule complete with sunken tub, LED lighting and showerheads for all the family.
The larger compound is a sprawling sanctuary of four separate buildings, occupied by assorted members of the Flaming Lips entourage. “We try to evoke this idea that we are a bunch of weirdo hippies living together making music, art, guns, drugs and mayhem,” Coyne joked to The New York Times. “It isn’t true, but the word ‘compound’ suits us.”
Naturally, there’s a recording studio on-site too. With a pink rubber floor and rainbow-emblazoned amps, of course. All the better to get the creative juices flowing.
And let’s face it: if you couldn’t make a wigged-out musical masterpiece in these surroundings, you’d be a little concerned.
Images: Joseph Mills