Carry That Weight

HONOURABLE MENTION of Re-Draw.05: Nakagin Capsule Tower


Re-Draw.05: Nakagin Capsule Tower

Carry That Weight


Name: Emre Ozdemir

Nationality: Turkish

Institution / Company: Pratt Institute



In an evocative collision of epochs and cultures, the Nakagin Capsule Tower is reimagined as an anime-inspired celestial space-station, embodying a mix of vintage futurism and nostalgia.

This representation encapsulates the inspirational longing for a forward-looking vision, like the Nakagin Capsule Tower in 70s, whose potential was curtailed before its time, making us yearn for a future that might have been. This celestial vision and the allegory of ascension not only mourns the tower’s demolition but elevates its spirit, illustrating its timeless presence.

Reflecting the Nakagin Tower’s avant-garde essence, this representation draws parallels with Japan’s influential Metabolism movement and the global rise of Anime – both contemporaneous cultural and universal phenomena. 

Transcending its terrestrial confines, the tower, now envisioned as a bustling space station, orbits an Earth-like expanse. It’s surrounded by a variety of unique pods, each intricately detailed with antennas, gears, signs and robotic entities, each moving purposefully; some dock, while others journey into the unknown.

The title resonates with The Beatles’ “Carry That Weight,” echoing sentiments of preservation and nostalgia. The Nakagin Capsule Tower’s legacy evokes a deep sense of nostalgia and responsibility, urging us to honor and preserve the emotional and architectural significance of its ageless existence.

Jury Comments


This redraw combines past and future in many spheres! The graphic representation is exceptional, with a wealth of details that truly captivate, since the Anime style and homage, untill the Celestial Futuristic atmosphere for the Tower new place. The method of conceptualizing the theme is clever and engaging, providing a fresh perspective on architecture, “it will be the next level will be collonize the space?”. The creativity and graphic result shown an exceptional artistic talent and unique perspective.


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