Back in 1973, iconic modernist architect and a founder of the Metabolist Movement, Kisho Kurokawa, built a personal holiday home in the summer resort area of Karuizawa. Now, a crowdfunding venture is underway to raise funds to restore the unique home and make it available for holiday rentals.
Kurokawa built the home just one year after his landmark building, Nakagin Capsule Tower, was completed in Ginza, and the two are very similar in design. The Nakagin building embodied the metabolism movement that was kicked off by Kurokawa, Kenzo Tange, Kiyonori Kikutake, and Fumihiko Maki in the 1960s. Unfortunately the onset of the oil crisis in 1973 put a swift end to many of these futuristic projects.
Kurokawa was on a capsule-spree. His Capsule House pavilion in Osaka Expo ’70 was suspended 30 meters aboveground. His Takara Beautilion pavilion also resembled container-units that could be interchanged and adjusted, similar to the theory for the capsules on the Nakagin building. He even designed Japan’s first capsule hotel – Capsule Inn Osaka – in 1979.
The holiday home, called Capsule House-K, sits on a sloping block surrounded by trees and is generally not open to the public. It has a total floor area of 103 sqm (1,108 sq.ft) and has a master bedroom and living room, with kitchen capsule, tea room capsule, and two guest capsules attached. The guest room capsules are almost identical to the ones used on the Nakagin Capsule Tower building.
The renovation project is being spearheaded by Kurokawa’s son through his Mirai Kurokawa Design Studio. The plan is to make the house available for overnight stays for up to 7 guests, with nightly rates to be around 180,000 Yen (approx. US$1,640). Scheduled operations would run from June to November, 2021, and from April to November afterwards (closed in winter).
Source: The Sankei Shimbun, April 9, 2021.
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