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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