Nakagin Capsule Tower

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Nakagin Capsule Tower
Nakagin Capsule Tower200810.jpg
General information
Type Residential, office
Location Tokyo, Japan
Coordinates 35°39′56.20″N 139°45′48.20″E / 35.665611°N 139.763389°E / 35.665611; 139.763389Coordinates: 35°39′56.20″N 139°45′48.20″E / 35.665611°N 139.763389°E / 35.665611; 139.763389
Construction started 1970
Completed 1972
Technical details
Floor count 13
Floor area 3,091.23 m2 (33,273.7 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Kisho Kurokawa
Movie of the Nakagin Capsule Tower

The Nakagin Capsule Tower (中銀カプセルタワー Nakagin Kapuseru Tawā?) is a building designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa. It has apartments and offices in it. The tower is in Shimbashi, Tokyo, Japan. Nakagin Capsule Tower is an example of the Metabolism style of architecture. It was the first modular capsule building.

Design and construction[change | edit source]

The building is actually two towers. One is eleven and the other is thirteen floors. These towers are the utility cores. They have the elevators, stairs, electric, and water services in them. They also support the whole building. 140 capsules are attached to the two cores. Each capsule unit is one apartment or office. They are 2.3 m (7.5 ft) × 3.8 m (12 ft) × 2.1 m (6.9 ft) and have one round window. Just four bolts connect each unit to a tower. The units are lightweight steel. They were built in Shiga Prefecture and brought to Tokyo on trucks. The capsules are not connected to each other, so any capsule can be removed or replaced without moving the others.

A room in the Nakagin Capsule Tower

The towers are the permanent part of the building and the capsules were temporary. Kurokawa planned for new units to be built to replace old ones. As building technology improved, better units could be added. Also, units could be changed as people moved in or out. Capsules could even be moved from one building to another. This part of the plan never happened. No new capsules were ever built.

Residents plan to tear down the building. They say there are problems with asbestos and that the building is too old and hasn't been repaired well.[1] Kurokawa and other architects want to keep the building as an historic example.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Solomon, Yuki (30 April 2007). "Kurokawa’s Capsule Tower To Be Razed". The Architectural Record. McGraw-Hill. http://archrecord.construction.com/news/daily/archives/070430kurokawa.asp. Retrieved 2011-12-03.