Worlds Smallest Apartments – Tokyo, Japan


Nakagin Capsule Tower designed by Kisho Kurokawa, who was one of the leading members of an influential architectural movement in the 1960s called Metabolism.

Each capsule measures 2.3 m (7.5 ft) × 3.8 m (12 ft) × 2.1 m (6.9 ft) and functions as a small living or office space.

The building was the world’s first example of capsule architecture built for actual use. The building is still in use as of 2010, but has fallen into disrepair. As of October 2012, around thirty of the 140 capsules remained in use as apartments, while others were used for storage or office space, or simply abandoned and allowed to deteriorate.

Today, the building faces the threat of demolition to make way for a conventional apartment complex.

Check out Noritaka Minami’s photography series on this gorgeous architecture.

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