Tokyo 1972 | Nakagin Capsule Tower 2
Architectural History in tiny Tokyo Capsules © 2014, AFP News Agency
The video allows us to have a glimpse at the interior space of the tower and illustrates the doubtful future of the Nakagin Capsule tower due to a lack of agreement between capsule owners on how to address the maintenance issues that affects the tower.
The capsule architecture design, the interpretation of the capsule as room and the insertion of the capsule into the mega-structure, well express the contemporaneousness with other architecture from the late 1960s. Not only is the Nakagin Capsule Tower unique in design, it also strives to establish a space for the individual as a criticism to Japan that its development and modernisation lack the consideration or establishment of “self”.
The realization of metabolism, recyclability and feasibility as a sustainable architecture allows the tower to become short-listed for the World Heritage by the Inter-national Committee of Docomomo International since 1996.
Source: Archdaily, Arcspace