Architect Kisho Kurokawa was very innovative in his creation of The Nakagin Capsule Tower in 1972, which was the first capsule architecture design. The module was created with the intention of housing traveling businessmen that worked in central Tokyo during the week.
It was recognized as an architectural icon and an important example of the Japanese Metabolist movement. When the tower first went up in 1972, it became a prime example of Metabolism, an influential architectural movement in post-war Japan. Metabolism’s chief exponents had studied under Kenzo Tange, an architect whose works included the park and memorial built in Hiroshima to commemorate the nuclear attack of 1945. The Metabolists designed buildings to be adaptable and replaceable, and resilient to threats such as wars and earthquakes.The Nakagin Capsule Tower embodied the movement's principles of flexibility, adaptability, and modular design.
The building was demolished in 2022. This came as a bit of a shock when it began however rumours of its imminent dismantling had been circulating since at least 2007. This was really a story of neglect, due to maintenance issues and this led to deterioration over time. There was also pressure over land use. It was located in a prime area of Tokyo, which has experienced rapid urban development and gentrification.
About this print edition
Available in 2 sizes, both unframed and framed in white
30*45 cm (12*18 inches) - Edition of 35
40*60 cm (16*24 inches) - Edition of 25
The oak tray frames are only available in
60*90 cm (24*35 inches) - Edition of 3
Printed on acid-free, 310 gsm Hahnemühle German Etching paper
Guaranteed archival life of 100+ years
Signed and numbered certificate of authenticity included
Frames are heavyweight, solid wood. Produced in Germany from FSC-certified sources
Carbon neutral, sustainable production, packaging and shipping