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Old Posted Apr 2, 2008, 8:44 AM
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Exclamation TOKYO | Nakagin Capsule Tower | 154 FT / 47 M | 13 FLOORS | 1972

NAKAGIN CAPSULE TOWER
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this is one of my favorite buildings in the entire world. and i read that it was scheduled to be TORN DOWN! shame. let's hope it survives. he is my tribute.

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Someone should buy it and convert it to a Honeymoon suite!
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Better not get torn down. It's probably the most famous example of modern Japanese architecture.
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How could they knock it down, it's one of the few realized metabolism structures!

It's even cooler on the inside - so retro, yet paradoxically still so futuristic.
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How could they knock it down, it's one of the few realized metabolism structures!

It's even cooler on the inside - so retro, yet paradoxically still so futuristic.
that's what i said! some people have know concept of GREAT architecture i guess. shame.
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Are you sure? Where did you read this? I doubt the government would let these buildings be demolished unless it was for those new Sky Cities.
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Are you sure? Where did you read this? I doubt the government would let these buildings be demolished unless it was for those new Sky Cities.
i read it in an old issue of details a few days ago... and in disbelief i looked online and found this:

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Residents in Japan’s most famous experiment in living and working in tiny pods are now plotting its demolition. Kurokawa's design theory was to replace the capsules when needed but the building has not been maintained in 33 years which has caused drainage and water pipes to be damaged.
The international heritage protection group Docomomo, have unsuccessfully pleaded for the United Nations' heritage arm to protect this landmark building.
http://www.arcspace.com/architects/k...n/nakagin.html

i hope i'm wrong and my sources are too
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Too many pilled wash machines... Is it not this bldg with those box rooms one night without space bldg? not more than 2m² for each person... I think so. I dont know, it is brutalismus art-moderne... who knows if staying like a monument...
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No, these are actual apartments with small living areas. I love this building. But like all experimental buildings, it is probably gonna come down. The city should do more to preserve structures like this. Tokyo Tower brought technology to Tokyo and the Nakagin Capsule Tower brought modern architecture to Tokyo.

You won't find many buildings like these around the world.
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I love this building and find it has so much more flavour than many out there...even if that flavour is rusted mildew
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It reminds me of Habitation in Montreal. I'd so move into it, if I lived in Tokyo... which isn't too crazy.
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It reminds me of Habitation in Montreal
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Thanks for making the thread! I'd been wondering what building this was since I saw it last summer...It would truly be a shame if it were torn down as it seems like a fantastic monument to functionalist modern architecture.
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This tower has a very anachronistic aesthetic, right down to the personal electronics array (at least in the photos posted with that arcspace article so who knows how dated those are). I guess that makes this building even more unique. I would advocate trying to preserve this structure too, but this would be from the point of view of a skyscraper geek. If these are really in shabby condition and/or are undesirable as a living space, then it wouldn't really make sense to preserve them as a museum-like artifact of design especially in a place such as Tokyo where developable land is likely very scarce. I also wouldn't want to live in this place if water management/leakage was an issue: according to the arcspace article, the individual living capsules are attached to the central core of the structure with only four high-tension bolts.
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It reminds me of the allspark cube in the process of turning itself into the miniture version in the Transformers movie.
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Check out a close cousin to this tower, Habitat 67, in Montreal. It was built for Montreal's world fair in 67, as an experiment in prefabricated housing, done in a way that ensures infinite variations for the dwellers. the boxes could be juxtaposed in so many ways as to create original spaces, and vistas...

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They shouldn't tear it down, but they should definitely PAINT the thing. I think it would look amazing in different and well selected colors.
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They shouldn't tear it down, but they should definitely PAINT the thing. I think it would look amazing in different and well selected colors.
are you serious? omg.
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Heh, reminds me of the arch project I'm working on right now. About to go to studio soon - got a crapload of stuff to finish by tomorrow, and making all the units (mine are duplexes though, but on shifted levels) is a bitch.
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