In Japan until now, many historical architectural masterpieces have been demolished because of the top priority placed on economic rationality.
The world-famous Nakagin Capsule Tower, a masterpiece of Metabolism designed by the late architect Kisho Kurokawa, will be demolished in April 2022 due to "aging issues" and "the economic rationality of rebuilding”.
There are many people who regret the demolition, and efforts are underway to preserve at least the capsules.
We have launched this project with the aim of completely recreating the Nakagin Capsule Tower.
While we do not deny economic rationality, we are taking on the challenge of completely recreating the Nakagin Capsule Tower in order to realize a world in which cultural values are respected beyond economic rationality.
Through this effort, we hope to bequeath forever the Nakagin Capsule Tower, which was loved by many people.
Through this project, we hope to make waves for the survival of famous architectural structures that are fading away and for the survival of culturally valuable objects.
Kisho Kurokawa Architects & LAETOLI
The first NFT will be the right to conduct business in the real world using 3DCAD data of the Nakagin Capsule Tower. Hence, it is possible to completely reproduce the Nakagin Capsule Tower and sell or lease it. In addition to the complete reproduction, the 3DCAD data can be freely used for business purposes, making it possible to construct condominiums larger than the Nakagin Capsule Tower, or to sell villas and manage resort hotels by locating capsules in resort areas. The concept of Metabolism advocated by Kisho Kurokawa can be freely implemented in a manner that fits today's society.
The second NFT is a digital artwork of the Nakagin Capsule Tower created using 3DCAD data. This 3D art can be utilized in the Metaverse space, making it possible to fully recreate the Nakagin Capsule Tower in the Metaverse space and sell or lease it. It is also possible to create a community of architecture fans around the world and people who have a special attachment to the Nakagin Capsule Tower.
Nakagin Capsule Tower is to be demolished from the viewpoint of "aging problem" and "economic rationality". This NFT is the only valuable right in the world to obtain permission to use the copyright of Nakagin Capsule Tower, which is owned by Kurokawa Office. It is possible to imitate the Nakagin Capsule Tower, but in the sense that the NFT is based on a copyright license, it is the only one and only one of its kind in the world.
Based on the drawings owned by Kurokawa Office, we have reproduced them completely as 3DCAD data*. By making it into data, it is possible to utilize this 3D CAD data permanently without deterioration.
*BIM data created with Revit used for architectural design, MEP, structural design, and construction.
Those who have obtained the copyright and NFT in 3DCAD data can freely use it for their business. In the real world, general contractors and developers will be able to use the data for their actual projects, and in the metaverse space, it will be possible to create a community of architecture fans. We expect that this will lead to the creation of unprecedented businesses.
Through this project, we aim to fully recreate the Nakagin Capsule Tower, which has been missed to demolish, both in the real world and in the Metaverse. We hope to create a society in which architecture that people wish to bequeath is bequeathed through new technology.
Through this new approach, we hope to realize a society that respects not only economic rationality but also cultural values. We hope to create a society in which people can bequeath not only the architecture they wish to leave behind, but also their culture and traditions through new technologies.
In the metaverse space, we hope to create a society in which each individual can nurture the cultures and traditions they cherish with people from all over the world.
The entire Nakagin Building will be completely reproduced as digital art based on the architectural drawings for which Kurokawa Office holds the copyright. The rights to own, use, and sell this digital art will be sold as NFT, only one edition in the world.
3D CAD data will be created based on architectural drawings for which Kurokawa Office owns the copyright. Based on this CAD data, the right to build, use and sell the Nakagin Building in the real world will be sold as NFT, only one edition in the world.
Access to the Kisho Kurokawa Architects' treasured, never-before-seen site-documented videos
Access to Kisho Kurokawa Architects & Associates' treasured, never-before-seen photographs
Access to Kisho Kurokawa's treasured digital archive of materials related to the construction of the Nakagin Building, including sketches and memos in which Kurokawa himself wrote down his ideas