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Japanische Architektur: Nakagin Kapselturm von Kisho Kurokawa, 1972

Japanische Architektur: Nakagin Kapselturm von Kisho Kurokawa, 1972

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Japanische Architektur: Nakagin Kapselturm von Kisho Kurokawa, 1972

gebaut: 1972
Architekt: Kisho Kurokawa
Adressw: 8-16-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokio, Japan
Kamera: Pentax K20D
Objektiv: smc Pentax DA 12-24mm F4 ED AL [IF] @ 21mm, F/8, ISO 200, 1/750s

The Nakagin Capsule Tower in the Ginza district of Chuo ward in Tokyo, Japan, was designed by the famous Metabolism architect Kisho Kurokawa and built in 1972. It is a symbol of the space age inspired architecture of the 60's and 70's. Small capsules like outer space station modules plugged onto a supporting structure, easily removed (in imagination only), shipped and transported to other locations. A person's capsule for doing business in Tokyo and during holiday season taken to a tranquil location (which, of course, never happened).

Despite being an icon this building is now threatened to be demolished mainly due to lack of maintenance and care. When built, it was the tallest tower in the area, pointing like a rocket towards the sky. With more and more buildings of the same size or taller erected nearby (especially the Shiodome development), part of its original iconic and symbolic appearance has vanished.

Image was cropped at appr. a third of the full size image.

For more information about the project and architect see: http://japan-architect.jimdo.com/japanese-architects/kurokawa-kisho-%e9%bb%92%e5%b7%9d%e7%b4%80%e7%ab%a0/

30. Juli 2010 14:05
robertbaumtokyo | more than photography

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