Nakagin Capsule Tower

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Nakagin Capsule Tower information

Tokyo , Japan
8-16-10 Ginza
Getting there
Underground Rail: Ōedo Line to Tsukijishijō
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In the 1960s architects such as Shinohara Kazuo, Kurokawa Kisho, Maki Fumihiko and Kikutake Kiyonori began a movement known as Metabolism, which promoted flexible spaces and functions at the expense of fixed forms in building. Kurokawa’s Nakagin Capsule Tower is a seminal work, designed as pods that could be removed whole from a central core and replaced elsewhere. His last great work, the National Art Center in Roppongi (2006), weaves undulating vertical forms into a strikingly latticed, organic structure.