“Kurokawa developed the technology to install the capsule units into a concrete core with only 4 high-tension bolts, as well as making the units detachable and replaceable.
The capsule is designed to accommodate the individual as either an apartment or studio space, and by connecting units can also accommodate a family.
Complete with appliances and furniture, from audio system to telephone, the capsule interior is pre-assembled in a factory off-site. The interior is then hoisted by crane and fastened to the concrete core shaft.
The Nakagin Capsule Tower realizes the ideas of metabolism, exchangeability, recycleablity as the prototype of sustainable architecture.”
With modular structure, there is lots of repetition going on – a single module repeated all over the entire structure. The repetition can create illusions and impressive effects.
“Subtle variations in hue, from white to gray to light blue, give these towers the illusion of depth. Up close, the color and texture resemble a storm-tossed sea, each card’s corners the peaks of waves. From far away, there’s something topographical about the color gradation; the towers could almost be cross sections of a huge, frosted-over canyon. And walking among them, that’s certainly the effect: One feels dwarfed by the sculpture’s sheer height and awed by the incomprehensible labor of arranging each index card by hand.”
“This similarly plays with light and shadow to create a trick of the eye. What look like giant cotton balls are piled high toward the ceiling, and the room’s bright lights make the installation appear wispy, soft to the touch. In reality, the seeming strands of delicate thread are thin acrylic rods that make up a rigid, crystalline structure. Backlit, this magnificent sculpture simply glows.”
“The undulating clouds of synthetic material, spanning twenty feet wide and six feet high, absorb and diffuse the light in beautiful patterns that hang overhead. The Brooklyn-based artist considers each piece to be only a temporary, site-specific construction. When visiting an installation, viewers will find themselves surrounded by a powerful artwork that challenges us to reconsider the basic functions of these everyday materials and to see them in a new light.“