by Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 16 June 2012

The 14-floor Kurokawa Nakagin Capsule Hotel is a 1972 building designed by Kisho Kurokawa, with a tower made from 140 pre-assembled compact capsule units, hoisted by a crane and bolted to the concrete core shaft. They come fitted with appliances and furniture for solitary dwellers, and when additional units are connected, can also host families. Built to be easily adaptable, it’s a pretty forward-thinking design for a building. Plus, it also looks like a stack of washing machines tossed out in the streets, which is also kind of cool.