The famous Japanese Nakagin Capsule Tower, one of the most iconic buildings in Tokyo, is to be dismantled soon. Some of its modules are still to be used as flats for future tenants. Others will become museum exhibits. This prime example of metabolic architecture has been falling into disrepair for years. This movement in architecture started in the 1960s in Japan
Designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa, the Nakagin Capsule Tower was built in 1972. The thirteen-story skyscraper consists of 140 interchangeable modules with dimensions of 4×2.5 m. It is the first building in the world to be designed in this way.
The microscopic rooms in the modules are used as apartments or office spaces for singles. Each tiny house is equipped with built-in furniture, including a bed, cupboards, stove and fridge, telephone and Sony tape recorder. Small bathrooms even contain tiny bathtubs.
The designer of the skyscraper originally assumed that the modules should be renewed and renovated every 25 years. Now, due to its poor condition, the building is to be dismantled. Nothing has been done to keep the building in good condition for over 47 years.
Some of the modules will still be used for living purposes, while others will go to the collections of Japanese museums. One module is already on display at the Saitama Museum of Modern Art in Japan, and the Center Pompidou in Paris is also considering acquiring such an exhibit.
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