An iconic piece of Metabolist architecture, designed by the same architect as the Nakagin Capsule Tower, could soon be restored and revived as a rental property.
Kisho Kurakawa completed his Capsule House K in 1973 – just one year after finishing his other Metabolist masterpiece in Tokyo. The Nagano Prefecture building was Kurakawa’s private home and used the same principles and elements as he did in the Nakagin Capsule Tower.
Four modular sections cantilever out from the building, which includes two bedrooms as well as a teahouse. Many of the rooms feature huge, circular windows which peep onto the surrounding trees as well as Mt Asama. Here, Kurakawa was able to experiment with making these windows dome-shaped rather than flat, and also wrapping the capsules in Corten steel.
Parts of the building have been refurbished, but the vast majority is left much as it was when Kurokawa lived there – down to an easel in the master bedroom. One of the bedrooms also includes an information console and desk that’s very similar to those of the Nakagin Capsule Tower.
A crowdfunding campaign is now raising money to restore the home, and allow people to rent the building. Time Out Japan reports that it will cost around 200,000 yen per night and that the home is set to open to guests in June 2021.