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Architectural Marvels: Nakagin Capsule Tower[Dec. 21st Thu.]
- 60 minutes lesson
- The first 5 explorers per lesson
- USD 20 per lesson for an unforgettable exploration
Lesson Introduction: Farewell to an Architectural Icon
The Nakagin Capsule Tower, designed by renowned architect Kisho Kurokawa, has been a symbol of the Metabolist architecture movement since its completion in 1972. Its distinctive design, featuring modular capsules for living and office spaces, reflected a vision of adaptability and forward-thinking.
Over the years, the tower faced challenges related to maintenance and modernization. Despite efforts to raise funds and campaigns to preserve it as a historic landmark, these endeavors proved unsuccessful.
The Demolition Initiative:
In 2022, a somber turn of events unfolded as the decision to initiate the demolition of the Nakagin Capsule Tower was made. Scheduled to commence on April 12, 2022, the process involved disassembling the iconic structure, with its component units destined for repurposing.
The Nakagin Capsule Tower demolition commenced on April 12, 2022. Recognizing the architectural significance of this Metabolist masterpiece, Gluon, under the leadership of the project team, initiated a 3D digital archive project aimed at preserving the building's entirety through data. To safeguard its architectural value, the entire structure underwent scanning, employing precise millimeter measurements through laser scanning data. This process also included capturing over 20,000 images utilizing cameras and drones.
A Reflection on Legacy:
The Nakagin Capsule Tower's demolition marks the end of an era in architectural history. While its unique design captivated the world, the challenges of preservation proved insurmountable, leading to its ultimate dismantling.
Over the years, the building has faced challenges related to maintenance and adaptability to modern living standards. Discussions surrounding the preservation or potential demolition of the tower have arisen, highlighting the complexities of maintaining such a unique architectural gem.
Despite its challenges, the Nakagin Capsule Tower has become an architectural landmark, drawing tourists and architecture enthusiasts from around the world.