Nakagin Capsule Tower

Sketch based on the original sketch

The Nakagin Capsule Tower (中銀カプセルタワ) is a mixed-use residential and office tower designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa and located in Shimbashi, Tokyo, Japan.

This project adapted the Nakagin Capsule Tower and imagined what it feels like to see the archiecture in its 60s and present time.

Part 1: 1972

1972 was a time when the computer was far from well known by the public, let alone the Internet. TVs, radios, and magazines were the major news publication medium forms. This illustration is an attempt to achieve the 70s magazine style, featuring the Nakagin Capsule Tower, a rare remaining example of Japanese Metabolism, an architectural movement emblematic of Japan’s postwar cultural resurgence.

Part 2: 2013

Every age has a capsule that people feel free to imagine the future. Imagination is always based on current reality, that’s why the visual is always outdated. Due to the import of creative form software, and emerging building techniques, the new future currently in mind is basically a series of curved surfaces. This is where Capsule 2013 comes.