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Photos by Noritaka Minami Document the Famed Nakagin Capsule Tower Prior to Demolition

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“B1004” (2011). All images © Noritaka Minami, shared with permission
An icon of Japanese Metabolism, the Nakagin Capsule Tower stood in the Ginza neighborhood of Tokyo from 1972 until it was demolished earlier this year. Conceived by the famed designer Kisho Kurokawa , the building featured two central concrete towers, with 140 individual pods slotted into the main structures. A circular window allowed light into the small modules, which were created with the intention that they could be removed and replaced as needed.
This flexibility was an essential component of Metabolist architecture...
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