jueves, 27 de marzo de 2014

Nakagin Capsule Tower

Designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa, the tower was built in 1972 and was intended to serve as a hotel for businessmen working in the neighbourhood of Ginza so they wouldn't have to go home and sleep after the last train had left to come back on the first train.

 Two towers rise 11 and 13 stories respectively, and are surrounded by an outer layer of prefabricated living pods which attached to the core by high tension bolts. The 140 capsules on the Tower were all pre-assembled in a factory, and although the capsules can be added or removed as necessary, none of them have been replaced since construction.
Capsules act as offices or small living spaces, and can be linked together to create a larger space. A one-person capsule is 4 meters by 2.5 meters and contains a built-in bed, bathroom, circular window, kitchen stove, refrigerator, TV. There is rumours that it will be demolished not too long from now....

2 comentarios:

  1. I love this project, I consider that is one of the icons of the industrialised construction, still now innovative. It would be a tragedy to demolish it.
    I have heard that there are many interests in its demolition: the rise of the value of the land, as well as concerns over asbestos, the deterioration of the building and obsolescence of its facilities.

    In the interest of preserving his design, Kurokawa proposed taking advantage of the flexible design by "unplugging" the existing boxes and replacing them with updated units, a plan supported by the major architectural associations of Japan, including the Japan Institute of Architects; the residents countered with concerns over the building's earthquake resistance and its inefficient use of valuable property adjacent to the high-value Ginza. A developer for the replacement has yet to be found, partly because of the late-2000s recession.

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