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DISCOVER

NAKAGIN CAPSULE TOWER

A METABOLIST MASTERPIECE IN TOKYO

Kisho Kurokawa's 13-storey capsule tower was completed in 1972 - now a living example of the architect's Metabolist movement.

The 2.2-metre-high capsules were fabricated off-site and later attached to the building's concrete core.

The tiny 10-square-metre apartments were designed for the busy 'salaryman' working in Tokyo.

The apartments did not have a kitchen, but they did come fully equipped with the latest tech: integrated television, telephone and tape recorder.

Now threatened with demolition, residents of the tower have set up a preservation committee to purchase and restore derelict capsules.

Find out more at: nakagincapsuletower.com

DETAILS

8-16-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061, JAPAN

nakagincapsuletower.com

All photos are copyright 51 Squared B.V. - These photographs were taken in March 2019.