Guide - See / Do - Nakagin Capsule Tower (中銀カプセルタワービル)

Nakagin Capsule Tower (中銀カプセルタワービル)


The glamorous Ginza district is most famous for its towering skyscrapers and designer stores, but in its heart stands this quirky building, a rare example of post-war Japanese Metabolism. Designed by Kisho Kurokawa, this mixed-used office and residential tower opened in 1972 and looks like a heap of washing machines stacked on top of each other. Each capsule unit was designed to be removed and replaced once worn out, but this proved too costly to be done so the tower has been left to slowly deteriorate. Today, only a small fraction of the units are occupied.

8-16-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061

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