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Nakagin Capsule Tower: The Latest Architecture and News

Nakagin Capsule Tower: a Prototype for Today's Micro Housing

00:00 - 28 October, 2013
Nakagin Capsule Tower: a Prototype for Today's Micro Housing, © Arcspace
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Seizing on the current trend for 'micro-apartments' in cities such as New York, Fast Company has an interesting profile (including some great photos) of the Nakagin Capsule Tower, the 1972 Japanese building, one of the first (and still one of the most extreme) examples of small-plan living. The article explores both the successful and unsuccessful elements of the design, such as the difficult maintenance and non-openable windows, as well as the ongoing battle for preservation since the residents voted to replace the tower with a conventional building. You can read the full article here.