Nakagin Capsule Tower to be demolished from March 2022

The iconic Nakagin Capsule Tower in Ginza, designed by the late and great Kisho Kurokawa, will reportedly be demolished from March 2022. After years of disagreement, the capsules owners decided to sell the 49-year old condo-style apartment building to a real estate company this spring. That company will demolish it and build something new in its place.


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Iconic Nakagin Capsule Tower’s final curtain call as decision made to sell

The iconic Nakagin Capsule Tower building in Ginza is reaching the final stages of its saga as the capsule owners have voted in favor to sell off the building and land leasehold rights. The few remaining residents will move out in the coming weeks, leaving the dystopian landmark empty and awaiting an uncertain fate.

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Nakagin Capsule Tower to undergo earthquake-resistant inspection

Nakagin Capsule Tower Tokyo

The results of an earthquake-resistant inspection could soon determine the fate of Ginza’s Nakagin Capsule Tower.

At an owner’s association meeting in early December 2015, the majority voted in favour of carrying out an earthquake-resistance inspection to determine the structural integrity of the building. If the building does not meet earthquake codes, the owners will consider demolishing the 44-year old metabolist landmark.

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Kisho Kurokawa’s apartment in Akasaka for sale

Churis Akasaka 11


*Update: This apartment sold in July 2015 and is no longer available.

A very unique apartment in the heart of Akasaka is listed for sale. The 130 sqm apartment was originally designed and owned by Kisho Kurokawa, a very famous Japanese architect and founder of the Metabolist Movement.

Kurokawa designed the 14-storey Churis Akasaka building and was given free reign to design the 11th floor as his personal residence. His main residence was a 300 sqm apartment on the southern side of the 11th floor, with the 130 sqm apartment on the northern side used as his tea and reception rooms. The two apartments both had access to the only private rooftop terrace in the building.

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Nakagin Capsule on display at Roppongi Hills

As part of Mori Art Museum’s latest exhibition called “Metabolism, The City of the Future”, a Nakagin Capsule is currently on display outside Mori Crosspoint along Roppongi Dori avenue. The capsule is identical to the ones used in the Nakagin Capsule Tower Building in Ginza. Read more about the apartment building here. There is also a display capsule at the bottom of the Nakagin Capsule Tower.

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