Re-Draw.05: Nakagin Capsule Tower

Typology: Image
Location: Japan, Tokyo
Year: 2023

Nakagin Capsule Tower was an experimental building designed by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa. The tower was constructed in 1972 and was made up of 140 capsules that were assembled to form a 13-story structure.

The modular design of the building was the most characteristic aspect of the structure. Each capsule was designed to be easily replaced or reconfigured according to multiple use cases.In 2022, the controversial demolition process began.

The image I produced aims to reinterpret the project, deconstructing the building.

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The peculiarity of the Nakagin Capsule Tower was that it consisted of 140 capsules assembled together. The idea is to emphasize this aspect by dismantling the building and showing each capsule as a separate elements.


The capsules are placed in a cemetery without apparent order. The decision is influenced by the desire to recall the tower’s demolition and to create a similarity between the tombstones and the living cells.


The aim of the picture is to emphasize the strong link between people’s lives and the barriers that divide them.


The lives of the people who have inhabited the capsules, take shape through holograms generated by the eyes of the housing units. It highlights the link between the places and the memories of the people who inhabited them.


The tones of the image are dark, nocturnal, to emphasize the effect of sadness and melancholy of seeing one of the most significant exponents of experimental architecture disappear. The dark hue is contrasted with the bright blue of the memories of the lives still on.


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