Today we are taking a moment to remember Kisho Kurokawa and his design of the Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo, Japan. His vision was built upon the architectural Metabolism movement of the 60s which produced this building in segments of pods with the opportunity to expand or replace the square footage. In theory, it sounds great…to recognize when things need renovated (these were assumed 25 years of wear) however, it never reached that point. None of the 140 pods were ever disconnected for a makeover in their 40 years of existence to this day. Instead it’s a reminder of Japan’s eventual halt in the anticipated progression following the post-industrial society. Threats persist to tear down the historic spectacular, in which these silent photos freeze time to preserve a build like no other. Respect the boldness in design, the way-paver architect who freely expressed new ideas with round windows and blocks that snap in and out of place. Noritaka Minami’s work ’1972? is a ongoing project and a response to the building’s potential disappearance as a tangible piece of cultural history.
images © Noritaka Minami