About the architect:
- Born in Kanie, Aichi, Kurokawa studied architecture at Kyoto University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1957.
- Kurokawa received a master’s degree in 1959 from University of Tokyo.
- Kurokawa then went on to study for a doctorate of philosophy, but subsequently dropped out in 1964.
- Cofounded the metabolist movement in 1960, whose members were known as Metabolists
- was a radical Japanese avant -garde (advance guard)movement pursuing the merging and recycling of architecture styles within an Asian context
- Vision- cities of the future were characterized by large scale, flexible, and expandable structures that evoked the processes of organic growth
Philosophy of metabolism:
Nagakin Capsule tower:
- Based on philosophy of metabolism.
- first capsule architecture design.
- originally designed as a Capsule Hotel to provide economical housing for businessmen working late in central Tokyo during the week.
- 14-story high Tower has 140 capsules stacked at angles around a central core.
- Install the capsule units into the concrete core
- Units detachable and replaceable
- 1 capsule – 4×2.5m
- Modified shipping container –interior preassembled in factory
Metabolism in Nagakin Capsule Tower:
- IMPERMANENCE:removable ,interchangeable capsules
- DETAILS – detailed connections
- MATERIALITY– pipe work , ductwork were not hidden
- RECEPTIVITY– building ready for change
PHILOSOPHY OF SYMBIOSIS:
- New way of interpreting today’s culture-
- Philosophy of ‘both – and’ not ‘either-or’