Capsule Tower no moreLPC en by design | Mayo 13, 2007
Aunque no lo he visto nunca, la demolición de la Torre de Cápsulas de Kisho Kurokawa me da casi tanta pena como la del Palacio de la República en Berlín. Cada una a su manera, las dos han sido un milagro de ingeniería. Lloyd Alter lo cuenta en Tree Hugger:
Kisho Kurokawa's 1972 Capsule Tower was, along with Moshe Safdie's Habitat in Montreal, the pioneer in modernist multiple unit prefab. 140 capsules were attached by high tension bolts to a central core. Each of the tiny rooms had built in TV's and reel-to-reel tape decks, washrooms and were pre-assembled in a factory then hoisted by crane and fastened to the concrete core shaft.
According to Architectural Record: "It has long been appreciated by architects as a pure expression of the Metabolist movement, popular in the 1960s and 1970s, which envisioned cities formed of modular components. But in recent years residents expressed growing concern over the presence of asbestos. On April 15, the building’s management association approved plans calling for the architectural icon to be razed and replaced with a new 14-story tower. A demolition is yet to be determined.