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MODERN PREFAB: Nakagin Capsule Towers

Posted By Emily Pilloton On May 4, 2007 @ 1:50 pm In Architecture,Prefab Housing | 33 Comments

Capsule Tower, Nakagin Capsule Tower, Kisho Kurokawa, Japanese modern architecture, prefab housing, stackable prefab [1]

Our friend Lloyd Alter at Treehugger [2] has posted an interesting and thoughtful article [2] about Japan’s famed Capsule Tower [2] (and its scheduled demolition!), an iconic structure and unique archetype for contemporary prefab architecture. Designed by Kisho Kurokawa [3] in 1972, the Capsule Tower [2] demonstrates the application of scalable and stackable modular architectural strategies.


The tower consists of 140 capsule units attached to a central core. Its concept articulates the ideology behind the Metabolist movement [4] of the 1960s and 1970s, which envisioned cities formed of modular components. Two weeks ago, the decision was made to replace the Capsule Tower [2] with a new 14-story tower, despite resistance from Kurokawa [3], who has been touting the flexibility of the building and even proposed the modernization of the tower by replacing old capsules with more modern units. Read Lloyd’s article here [2].

+ Via Treehugger [2]

Lead photo by: Kristen Elsby [5]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/05/04/modern-prefab-nakagin-capsule-towers/

[2] Lloyd Alter at Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/05/icon_of_modern.php

[3] Kisho Kurokawa: http://www.kisho.co.jp/page.php/209

[4] Metabolist movement: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metabolist_Movement

[5] Kristen Elsby: http://www.flickr.com/photos/esthet/3753156/

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