Nakagin capsule tower building will be regenerated into modular accommodation capsules
After lingering uncertainties about the future state of the Nakagin capsule tower building, architects Kisho Kurokawa and urban design office Chiyoda-ku decided to dismantle the iconic architecture and regenerate its capsules into accommodation units and facilities. museums around the world. The regeneration plan follows the original concept of “Metabolism”, reconfiguring the elements instead of a complete demolition.
All capsules will be refurbished to their original form through crowdfunding. Some capsules will be withdrawn and donated to museums, while the rest will be “reused” as accommodation facilities. After numerous requests to transfer the capsules abroad to museums such as the Center Pompidou in Paris, the architects decided to exhibit the capsules in museums around the world so that many people could discover its unique design. A model room capsule is currently on display at the Saitama Museum of Modern Art, designed by Kisho Kurokawa.
As of 2018, the buildings function as a “Monthly Capsules” facility, allowing people to stay at the tower as trial accommodation for a month. In nearly two and a half years, the capsules have been used by more than 200 people with positive feedback, which convinced the team of architects to develop “hosting capsules” nationwide.
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Crowdfunding has already started on the Motion Gallery website since July 2 to finance repairs to capsules given to museums.
Built in 1972, the Nakagin Tower was the first capsule architecture project, designed around the vision of adaptable and dynamic architecture, where modules can be plugged into the central core, replaced or swapped. The capsules were designed to accommodate traveling businessmen who worked in central Tokyo; therefore, each unit measuring 4×2.5 meters contains the necessary amenities to accommodate one person. All parts and accessories have been factory built and pre-assembled.
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