The Nakagin Capsule Tower is a mixed-use residential and office tower in Shimbashi, Tokyo.
Completed in 1972, the building is a rare remaining example of Japanese Metabolism, an architectural movement emblematic of Japan's postwar cultural resurgence. The building was the world's first example of capsule architecture built for permanent and practical use. The building still exists 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.
Photos by Tomio Ohashi courtesy of Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates