Room Chronicles: Metabolic Echoes in Tokyo’s Urban Constellation

FINALIST of Re-Draw.05: Nakagin Capsule Tower


Re-Draw.05: Nakagin Capsule Tower

Room Chronicles: Metabolic Echoes in Tokyo’s Urban Constellation


Name: Anastasia Maxime Pavlushin 

Nationality: American, Russian

Institution / Company: Architectural Association

In this drawing, the Nakagin Capsule Tower is reimagined through the lens of modern LiDAR technology, offering a visionary perspective on how this emblematic piece of Metabolist movement architecture could transform into a future fossil.

This Tower, in the heart of Tokyo, was once a symbol of architectural innovation, showcasing modular, capsule-shaped living spaces. Now, it is brought into the future, where LiDAR scans have meticulously captured its every detail. The result is a striking fusion of past and future, as the tower’s distinct capsules appear fossilized in a digital realm, encapsulating the spirit of Metabolism.

This artwork invites contemplation on the ever-evolving nature of cities, Tokyo in particular. It speaks to the idea that Tokyo is not just a sprawling metropolis but a vast collection of rooms, each encapsulating stories, dreams, and lives. The city, in essence, becomes a transient space, with Nakagin Capsule Tower embodying the very essence of this concept—a microcosm within the macrocosm.

As the Tower endures in digital ‘fossil’ form, it serves as a poignant reminder of architectural innovation, the passage of time, and the perpetually shifting landscapes of urban existence, where the city itself is an interconnected collection of rooms.


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