Compartmentation

Systems

Fig. 103: Axonometric cut-away view of one capsule

Kisho Kurokawa: Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo (Japan), 1972

Fig. 103: Axonometric cut-away view of one capsule

Kisho Kurokawa: Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo (Japan), 1972

Kisho Kurokawa: Nakagin Capsule Tower

The Capsule Tower by Kisho Kurokawa is an assembly of 144 identical units stacked around two stair towers. The prefabricated units correspond to the dimensions of standard freight containers and contain a bathroom, kitchenette and bed.

The arrangement of the building is an expression of the design and construction principles, which are essentially congruent. The external form is not rudimentary but rather a product - as a variation on the stacking principle; the different orientation of the units is also noticeable.

Fig. 106: External view; the taller staircase tower is clearly visible

Kisho Kurokawa: Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo (Japan), 1972

Fig. 106: External view; the taller staircase tower is clearly visible

Kisho Kurokawa: Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo (Japan), 1972

Fig. 105: External view with studio in foreground and exposed staircase core

Rob Mallet-Stevens: Martel Villa, Paris (F), 1926-27

Rob Mallet-Stevens: Martel Villa

The additive and the divisive forms of interior design can be seen in this building. The plan is based on a rectangle with a central circular stair tower linking all floors. The rooms are attached to this central spine like individual compartments, the number of which diminishes as we go higher up the building, and this leads to the creation of rooftop terraces.

The unifying render finish, which deliberately suppresses the construction joints, and the positioning of the openings are the manifestation of a sculptural approach to the design of the envelope. Accordingly, not only is the overall form a product of the internal spatial composition; it has an effect on this as well.

Fig. 104: Plan of 1st floor, on the right the tenace above the studio

Rob Mallet-Stevens: Martel Villa, Paris (F), 1926-27

Fig. 105: External view with studio in foreground and exposed staircase core

Rob Mallet-Stevens: Martel Villa, Paris (F), 1926-27

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