Metabolism is the first Japanese architecture movement after the World War II, manifested in 1960 by Noboru Kawazoe, architecture critic, and the five architects, Kiyoshi Awazu, Kiyonori Kikutake, Kisho Kurokawa, Fumihiko Maki, and Masato Otaka. They envisioned a new direction for future Japanese architecture and urbanism. They created various architecture and urban plans with large, flexible and expandable structures. The Nakagin Capsule Tower is a rare built example of Metabolism.
NAKAGIN CAPSULE TOWER [trailer]
Japanese Metabolist Landmark on the Edge of Destruction
directed by Rima Yamazaki
58 minutes, color
The Nakagin Capsule Tower, completed in 1972, was designed by Kisho Kurokawa, the youngest Metabolist architect. The building is composed of two concrete core towers and 140 capsules plugged into the towers. All of the capsules were prefabricated and designed to be removable and replaceable. Each of the original capsules, about 10 square meters (approx. 107 square feet), contained various amenities, including: a bed, a desk, a refrigerator, a TV, storage spaces, a toilet and a shower. It was planned as a futuristic niche for modern businessmen in Tokyo.
Today, more than 30 years after its completion, this historic building is in danger of demolition. The building has many ...read more