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Capsized capsules

On April 12, the dismantling of one of Japan’s most notable buildings – the Nakagin Capsule Tower – officially began.

The Metabolist movement was founded in the late 1950s by five Japanese architects, including Kisho Kurosawa. Together they wove dreams in which utopias of architectural megastructures were joined with ideas of organic biological growth. Something they managed to transfer to a handful of actual buildings – with the most famous example being Kurosawa’s signature creation Nakagin Capsule Tower, which demonstrates Metabolism’s concept in the form of the building’s plug capsules.

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