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Unrolling a Nakagin Story

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Re-Draw.05: Nakagin Capsule Tower

Unrolling a Nakagin Story


Name: Yang Tian

Nationality: China

Institution / Company: Yale School of Architecture

A house is a machine for living, the post-war Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa questioned this western design ideology of FORM (ETERNAL) based living style, and shifted design to be TIME (CHANGING) based living space, hence, from mechanical to biodynamic. The Nakagin Capsule Tower is an iconic architecture that not only embraces ephemeral but changes a collective to an individual-oriented living style.

To embrace the idea of changing and moving, NEWSPAPER is a great medium as a representation style. NEWSPAPER not only changes every day with new information, but also, the act of folding/unfolding to gain new information reinforces the idea of metabolism.

In this drawing, you could unfold it three times, each time, the capsule patterns, colors, and orientation change within an oblique neutral grid, and there are 7 capsules have been highlighted to expose interior activities of an individual with the person’s information next to it. You would these capsules after you unfold the “story.”

Jury Comments


The architectural illustration is simply stunning! The graphic representation is incredibly detailed, capturing the essence of each Nakagin Capsule impressively besides their inhabitans habits’. The method of conceptualizing the theme is ingenious, enjoying the redraw possibility to rethink the metabolism pattern ans transform this insight into dinamic architecture. The creativity displayed in the compositions is truly inspiring.


This is what we expect from the ReDraw competition: a simple but effective idea, expressed beautifully through interaction. Simply brilliant!


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