Nakagin Capsule Tower

The Nakagin Capsule Tower is probably one of Tokyo’s oddest architectural sights. As an amazing example of metabolism, it stands out on an inner-city highway near Shimbashi. The house is made of capsules, each measuring 2.3 x 3.8 metres. They form stand-alone living units, replete with inbuilt kitchens and aircraft-size toilets.

Somewhat unsurprising given that no major refurbishment has taken place since it has been built in the early 70s, the residents are keen on demolishing the whole place and replacing it with something more spacious and less asbestos-ridden. Architecture buffs are up in arms, needless to say. But more likely than not, the tower won’t be standing in this space near expensive Ginza much longer.


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