Nakagin Capsule Hotel Room, Circa 1972

Hotel 1975

Also called the BC25 Capsule, Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower was designed by Kisho Kurokawa and completed in 1972. Although the tower is still letting rooms, it is reportedly endangered by developers who want to build over the architectural marvel, and many of the capsules look like the one below.

Nakagin Current

(Images via Glen.H, Jrej, and Facebook)

3 Responses to “Nakagin Capsule Hotel Room, Circa 1972”


  1. 1 Fractalbat November 10, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Very Cyberpunk. Especially seeing the “Then/Now” comparison.

  2. 3 Don Gates November 11, 2015 at 7:06 am

    “But the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo, and he’d cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers, trying to reach the console that wasn’t there.” -William Gibson, “Neuromancer”

    Sorry, just had to get that out. πŸ˜€ These capsule hotel rooms – even the shitty one – seem huge compared to the one featured in “Neuromancer” and ones I’ve seen pics of. Basically, in those you have room enough to sit up on the bed, and that’s all. Not for claustrophobes.


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