Nakagin Capsule Tower


One of the few remaining, and likely most famous, examples of the Japanese architectural movement known as Metabolism, the Nakagin Capsule Tower serves as a look at a future that was never pursued.

Built in 1972 and designed by Kisho Kurokawa, it comprises of 140 modular capsules that can be connected and combined into large spaces and units. Intended so that individual capsules could be upgraded, it eventuated that none were ever replaced and the building has slowly been falling into disrepair.

Despite it’s unique look and architectural significance, the building has been on borrowed time for the past decade — with the majority of remaining owners approving of demolition due to the current condition of the building.