The Impermanence of Architecture
The Nakagin Capsule Tower

Investigation by Chloé Fricout
Summary

After discovering the scale-model of the Nakagin Capsule Tower at the Metz Pompidou Centre in France late 2017, Chloé Fricout and Thibault Capéran visited the Japanese building several times during their artists’ residence in Tokyo. This decidedly utopian architectural project, constructed in 1972 by the Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, has been under threat of demolition for several years. Destruction or conservation, the fate of this iconic tower will be decided this autumn.