Kurokawa’s Capsule Tower To Be Razed

Friday, May 11, 2007

"The Capsule Tower, completed in 1972, stands in the center of Tokyo’s affluent Ginza neighborhood. The building is actually composed of two concrete towers, respectively 11 and 13 stories, each encrusted with an outer layer of prefabricated living units. It has long been appreciated by architects as a pure expression of the Metabolist movement, popular in the 1960s and 1970s, which envisioned cities formed of modular components. But in recent years residents expressed growing concern over the presence of asbestos. On April 15, the building’s management association approved plans calling for the architectural icon to be razed and replaced with a new 14-story tower. A demolition is yet to be determined." to find out more...



This is one of the most inspiring building I came across during my school time. Guess it couldn't withstand the developing pace of Japan. However, it is still an admirable work to be protected. I would propose the building to be recycled in some way, resell or reforming it in some other places or keep certain portion of the building, anyway is better than demolition... It would be wonderful have the units seats on top of roof top... But I would prefer more transparencies for the units.... Some introduction from archspace of the building located. to find out more...

Passage & Image from http://archrecord.construction.com/news/daily/archives/070430kurokawa.asp

by Yuki Solomon

Image II from http://www.arcspace.com/architects/kurokawa/nakagin/nakagin.html

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