FINALIST of Re-Draw.05: Nakagin Capsule Tower


Re-Draw.05: Nakagin Capsule Tower



Name: Adrian Cruz

Nationality: Filipino-American

Institution / Company: Personal

Name: Charlie Ngov

Nationality: Japanese, Chinese-American

Institution / Company: NewSchool of Architecture and Design 2022, RNT Architects 2022-23

What is our perception of Nakagin?

The collage is a symbolic story of the Nakagin Capsules’ life, specifically capturing the aftermath of its lifespan. 1970s’ birth of the Nakagin Capsules’ revolves around the philosophy of Metabolism, an architectural movement which takes inspiration from a cellular system, functional operation to allow removable pods like cells to reconstruct and reorganize. From its end, the cellular pod was unable to fufill its functional purpose to leave its host, and began to compose the opposite, deconstruction. Years go along until it is disassembled, failed functionally into its cellular programming; the cells are planned to distribute different parts from all over the world to various locations. The life of the Nakagin Capsules’ is expressed as a transition from a mixed-use building on earth to a Space Port for Spacecraft, where the capsules act as landers. Outer space represents new beginnings the capsules will be spread out to become. A fulfilled purpose from a different perspective; space the final frontier.


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