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In the year 1972, the Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo was completed. The tower is an experimental apartment complex designed with 140 removable capsules, embodying the future of urban living, as envisioned by architect Kisho Kurokawa at that moment in post-war Japan. In the book 1972, Noritaka Minami photographs the building as it stands today, both exterior and interior. Smooth and indeed capsule-like, the minimalist interiors are efficient and blandly repetitive. Some images display the residents’ belongings, offering a sense of how the space can be used, while others demonstrate the blank slate of an empty room. The building, shown through Minami’s elegantly understated images, appears simultaneously modern, aging and already old. The capsules, greyish and geometric, serve as a monument to the vision of the future in 1972.


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