Step inside micro-capsule-apartments vol.7 & vol.8

15.11.2017 & 22.11.2017

Visit-1:《New Shimbashi Building》by Matsuda Hirada, 1971

Visit-2:《Shizuoka Broadcasting Center》by Kenzo Tange, 1968

Visit-3:《Nakagin Capsule Tower Building》by Kisho Kurokawa, 1972


Navigator: Nahoko Wada



COMMENTS by participant in vol.7

Nahoko was an incredibly attentive and knowledgeable guide. I was lucky to be given a personal tour of several buildings leading up to the capsule tower i  which she explained in detail her passion for Tokyo architecture.

Unlike other guides, Nahoko had credentials and experience that enriches the tour. A trained architect, a former employee of Kurokawa and well travelled PhD holder in the field!

I was encouraged to ask questions and pause for photographs throughout and was shown many new vantage points to appreciate the city.

In the capsule itself the space has been well maintained and authentically restored in places. Inside Nahoko gave me a brief lecture on the building’s history and potential future.

Afterwards she kindly joined me for lunch to discuss the building further.

I’m keen to help her advance her new architecture society and fully recommend anyone interested in architecture or visionary design to take this rare glimpse inside one of the most important buildings in the world!

by Andrew (from Airbnb review)


COMMENTS by participant in vol.8

Nahoko was very friendly and knowledgeable about the building having worked previously with Kisho Kurokawa. She also gave good recommendations of other buildings and galleries to visit.

We were also shown several other buildings before heading into the Nakagin capsule tower. Despite their architecture significance many of the buildings on the tour are being pushed to be demolished in the future so it was a great opportunity to step inside some of last few buildings left from the Metabolism movement. It was great to be able to actually go inside one of the capsules. Nahoko and her colleagues have done an excellent job in restoring the capsule to nearly its original state. There is also an interesting collection of Metabolist books to look at and even some books by Nahoko herself.

 by Sophie (from Airbnb reviews)