Fate of Tokyo's famed Nakagin Capsule Tower to be decided soon

National Jul 29, 2019

Fate of Tokyo's famed Nakagin Capsule Tower to be decided soon

The fate of Tokyo's famed Nakagin Capsule Tower is set to be decided as early as autumn, attracting attention from home and abroad on whether the building and its unique exterior will be kept or scrapped. Currently, a foreign company is holding negotiations on acquiring ...

Downsized dwellings: Inside Tokyo's tiny living spaces

Lifestyle Apr 20, 2019

Downsized dwellings: Inside Tokyo's tiny living spaces

by Alex Martin

Twenty-five-year-old Sotaro Ito lives in a 9.46-square-meter apartment with a loft in the capital's retro-hip Koenji district. His apartment looks more like an office cubicle, with a desk and computer chair dominating a third of the room. A reading pillow is propped up against one ...

Recurring views of Tokyo's utopian dream

Books / Reviews Mar 12, 2016

Recurring views of Tokyo's utopian dream

by Don O'Keefe

When the Nakagin Capsule Tower opened in Tokyo in 1972, it embodied the energy and optimism of Japan's postwar boom. Considered architect Kisho Kurokawa's opus, its completion was also a major moment in the development of metabolism, the much publicized Japanese avant-garde architectural movement ...

Arata Isozaki: astonishing by design

People | CLOSE-UP Jun 1, 2008

Arata Isozaki: astonishing by design

by Edan Corkill

If the entire Japanese architectural fraternity was one big royal family, then Arata Isozaki would be a king approaching the end of a long and glorious reign. The "pedigree" of this majestically silver-maned 76-year-old is, quite simply, faultless. Architecturally speaking, Isozaki's "father" was the great Kenzo ...