Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 41235
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2006/1/4-6 [Politics/Foreign/Asia/Japan, Reference/History/WW2/Japan] UID:41235 Activity:low
12/4    This is awful, just awful. I have no idea how I could fit in:
        \_ That's so cool.
        \_ I like the bottle of Pocart? Sweat.
           \_ "Pocari Sweat".  You can find it in some Asian markets.
        \_ Can you imagine a fire or earthquake in a place like this?
           \_ Yes. If it's a fire, you get teriaki Japanese. If it's
              an earthquake, you get raw Japanese sushi.
              \_ I may be on fire, but I will not be for long. You, however,
                 will remain an idiot.
        \_ Similar, capsule homes, not hotels:
           "No female guests" hahaha
           \_ sigh, such a gender gap in Japan :P
        \_ I've stayed at a similar capsule hotel in Shibuya.
        \_ I've actually stayed at a similar capsule hotel in Shibuya.
           It was surprisingly comfortable. - ciyer (6ft. tall)
           \_ I bet they're terribly cozy.
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Details details :: pictures :: inside :: layout :: door :: control panel :: TV This particular Capsule Hotel is located near Kabukicho (red light district) in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo. Massages are available for an additional Y3,300 for 40 minutes. It's on the 6th floor of a building and is called Big Lemon. It's open 24 hours and you can leave and come back as you wish. You pay at a vending machine and hand the ticket to the clerk. They give you a capsule number and locker key and wrist band. When you are in for the night, you change in the locker room and wear the small yukata around the facility. Technically you could pay only Y1,200 for the sento and sleep in the lazy boy chairs as many people were doing. Since most visitors to a Capsule hotel are Japanese business men who don't have time to go home, there are amenities there for people who didn't plan on staying away from home. You can shave, brush your teeth, take a bath, buy shirts, pants, belts, ties, undershirts. Not sure if there is overnight dry-cleaning, but I wouldn't doubt it. Check out was around 9 and starting at 7am they made public announcements reminding people to get up and get out. One turns on the TV, another button flips through the channels. At the end of the capsule there is a screen you can pull down to "lock" yourself in. I am 6 foot 3ish and I had to lay diagonally, but I was able to sleep. I wish there were individual heaters/coolers in each capsule. Inside Japan's Capsule Hotel Yet another inside view of the capsule. Capsule Hotel beds stacked 2 up Most capsules are stacked two up in columns of about 8-10. Another shot of a Japanese Capsule Hotel A thin screen can be pulled down for privacy, unless your feet stick out like mine do. The control panel inside a capsule room The Capsule Control Panel. You can control lights, TV, A/C, Alarm Clock, and do your taxes. Blewitt in the Cube Dr McDonald inside a Capsule Hotel Not really watching TV, just for the added affect. Shinjuku Japan, Capsule Hotel The screens that come down for semi-privacy. Japan Capsule Hotel I didn't take this, but it's a better picture of how they are set up. Security screen on Capsule It actually gets pretty dark inside. Control Panel in Capsule Hotel Buttons on the left control and set the alarm clock. Bottom knob is volume, black button beside it changes the channel. Japanese Capsule Hotel Small little TV at your feet, I think Ocean's 11 played once in English. Map to Shinjuku's Capsule Hotel Really easy to get to, East Exit from Shinjuku station, then cross at the cross walk and walk down the big sidewalk. There will be a small 3 story McDonald's on your left and then you'll come to a big road, apparently named Yasukuni Street. Cross it and the big red box is called Don Quixote, which is like a mini Wal-Mart. Go past it until you see another bigger McDonald's on the right. The Big Lemon Capsule Hotel is above that, you should be able to see the sign. Take the elevator to the 7th floor, it's clearly marked. The only bad thing about this one is it is right on the edge of Kabukicho, which is the adult area of Tokyo. This may or may not be a good thing for you, but I find the vendors somewhat pushy and annoying.
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search en: The Nakagin Capsule Tower in Ginza, Tokyo, Japan. The building was designed and built by the Japanese Architect Kurokawa Kisho in 1970-1972 Articles in category "Nakagin Capsule Tower" There are 0 articles in this category.
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Capsule architecture design, establishment of the capsule as room and insertion of the capsule into a mega-structure, expresses its contemporaneousness with other works of liberated architecture from the later 1960's, in particular England's Archigram Group, France's Paul Memon, and Yona Friedman The Nakagin Capsule Tower takes on the challenge of the issue of whether mass production can express a diverse new quality. The Tower also strives to establish a space for the individual as a criticism to the Japan that modernized without undergoing any establishment of an "self". 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.
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Having developed from a design project led by Professor Richard Horden at the Technical University Munich, the m-ch has taken on various influences from its collaborative teams working in Munich and Tokyo. Classic Japanese tea house architecture, prefabrication concepts and technologies from Europe and Japan all played a part in defining the project's features. PingMag talks with Claudia Hertrich of Horden Cherry Lee Architects about this unique approach to living spaces Interview by Jon So many architectural projects these days are all about creating things bigger, flashier and more expensive than the last - what inspired you to create the m-ch? Richard Horden Associates and Horden Cherry Lee Architects have a history of what we call micro architecture. This design approach is also applied in the m-ch, pronouncing it a universal habitat regardless of place. Its compact dimensions fit anywhere, its design and fit out compliment modern lifestyle, its structure touches the earth lightly. We believe in the symbiosis of architecture and product design. The m-ch is such a hybrid: a perfect product designed to fulfil today's needs in everyday life. In this sense, it is a personal (under-)statement of its occupant, in the same sense a modern car, say a BMW, would be. Europe doesn't strike me as being very space-starved, unlike countries such as Japan. What kind of circumstances will the m-ch be most useful for in Europe? We are currently constructing the m-ch in a student housing configuration - a series of cubes on different levels, creating interaction and private spaces. For private use, the m-ch would possibly be a weekend retreat in the countryside or the mountains, a mobile birdwatching point, or simply a teenager's first own apartment in their parents' back garden. As property prices are on the rise in European cities as well, the m-ch is also a solution to use a small plot of land effectively for a pied-a-terre or a weekday apartment. For business use, the m-ch could for example function as short-stay accommodation for business people, like a hotel or serviced apartments allocated to one company. Tokyo Institute of Technology was involved in the project - what was their role? Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yagi Koji Laboratory, investigating ways of spatial layering, integration of functions within the framework of an overall design for a cube of 26 by 26 by 26 metres. Video conferencing with the students who worked on the same assignment in Munich made the tokyo26', as it was called then, a truly international project, and many of the ideas gathered in Japan were eventually realised in the final product. Shinkenchiku Juutaku Tokushuu (a modern architecture magazine focusing on housing) in March 2002. Did you notice any differences in the design approaches between the German team and the Japanese team? In terms of the final product, what aspects of the design do you feel are European-influenced and what aspects are Japanese-influenced? The enthusiasm of teachers, assistants and students for this project was equally high from the very beginning at both universities - a can do' attitude that very much helped to develop the project to what it is today. As studies at post-graduate level in Japanese universities usually tend to be very theoretical, the design assignment was much appreciated by the Japanese master students. The fourteen Tokyo students were very perceptive with an immediate understanding of the scale issue and approached the project seriously but with humour and creative freshness. Visits to micro bars and restaurants in the vicinity of Tokyo Institute of Technology supported the understanding of the project, its perception and the speed of design development. The parallel design progress of both groups was presented several times during video conferences between Tokyo and Munich - the time difference made this an early breakfast start for the German students and a late night affair for the Japanese team. Design, presentation and model making was excellent and of similar quality at both universities - the basics of architectural design have become universal standards, and contemporary trends convey an international architectural language. The design gives off a minimalist, modern Japanese aesthetic - was that intentional? The minimalist aesthetic has become quite popular nowadays, probably as a reaction to our fast, technology-oriented, cluttered lifestyles. With the m-ch, we try to take this aesthetic one step further and offer minimalism not only as a surface but as a solution to live in, stripping the unnecessary from everyday needs and thus creating a stimulating, focussing environment to work and live in. The layering of functions on a clean slate' and their arrangement, as established in the classic Japanese tea house and often cited in contemporary Japanese architecture, was one of the basic inspirations for the m-ch. During our workshop in Tokyo, we were able to travel extensively in Japan, visiting cities as Kyoto and Osaka as well as rural areas. Inspirations came from a variety of spaces - from tiny alleyway bars in Tokyo to the Osaka Sony Building, from visits to the prefabrication industry to classic ryokans. Compact living spaces are a fact of life of living in a Japanese city. Tiny coffin-like capsules in a Japanese capsule hotel We are familiar with this current development in dense cities like Tokyo. I lived in Tokyo myself for two years, in a 1 room apartment in a building that was only 160m wide and comprised of only 10 m2 including kitchen and bathroom. During their stay in Tokyo, Professor Horden and his assistants had the chance to experience this small space and were surprised by its qualities. Nakagin Capsule Tower and had the chance not only to see the exhibition unit on the ground but also a fully functional, inhabited unit on one of the upper floors. We are also familiar with the extremely short-stay, male-only, coffin-like capsule hotels and hope that we are achieving a different kind of quality! When creating such a small living space, you have to think a lot about how people live - what are the priorities, what can you cut out etc. Can you explain how you made some of these design decisions? In our recent application we are designing for students - and their primary need is a space that accommodates living and working / studying at the same time eg leaving their work on the desk during the night. We had to find a configuration that allows physical and visual separation of working and sleeping areas which is also important from a psychological view. The easily-adaptable interior of an m-ch The arrangement in the m-ch with its fold-up double bed and the generous working / dining table below which slides into the wall gives a sense of two completely independent areas, both complemented with access to the kitchen zone at different levels, and with their own separate communication and media units. This variety of spatial experience helps establish the feeling of generosity within every dedicated space while propagating the layering of functions. This concept will also play a major role for short or longer term accommodation use. I'm impressed with the level of thought that has gone into m-ch - would you care to expand on why from a psychological viewpoint the separation of working and sleeping areas is important? Compact environments rely on multi-functionality with all everyday requirements integrated within limited space. But it is dedicated space that appeals to us as dwellers: a clean surface to work on, a kitchen linked with a table to serve guests, a sleeping area - a retreat to recover from a day's work. Spatial and temporal clarity influence the successful execution of tasks and routines. Thus, the layering of functions in the micro compact home required careful evaluation so zones could be combined or physically and visually separated. Within the frame of personal preferences, daily routines are established rather than meddled: The separation of work and sleeping zones allocates dedicated work and relaxation areas, assisted by the ancillary multi-level layout of the kitchen. Similarly, the...
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Overview 1 of 5 Built from 1970 and opened in 1972 the Nakagin Capsule Tower was a innovative masterpiece by architect Kisho Kurokawa. Kurokawa developed the technology to install the 23m x 38m x 21m sized capsule units into a concrete core with only 4 high-tension bolts, making the units detachable and replaceable. The capsules were designed to accommodate the individual as either an apartment or studio space, and by connecting units they could also accommodate a family. Complete with appliances and furniture, from audio system to telephone, the capsule interior was pre-assembled in a factory off-site and then hoisted by crane and fastened to the concrete core shaft. Today the Nakagin Capsule Tower is in rather bad condition and most capsules are rented out as mini-offices for a monthly fee of about 70,000yen each.
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