Continuing on the topic of pods..

When I first heard the words “sleeping pods,” the capsule hotels in Japan came to mind.  More specifically, this one came to mind:

One hostel in Split, Croatia seem to have a similar minimalistic signage approach as capsule hotel 9 Hours.

although capsule hotels are only prevalent in Japan, the rest of the world has their own share of pod hotels.  Capsule hotels have come a long way since the first one, Capsule Inn Osaka designed by Kisho Kurokawa, opened in 1979.  But even before Capsule Inn Osaka, Kurokawa’s Space Capsule Disco opened in the 1960s, and his Nakagin Capsule Tower was completed in 1972 as part of the Metabolist Movement.  The movement takes an organic view on things in which nothing is fixed or permanent, but instead can have cycles of change and/or growth expansions.

There aren’t very many readily available source of information on the Metabolist Movement, but here’s some of Kurokawa’s skeches, one NY Times article, and one documentary film summary that will give you a good idea on the movement and on the connecton between the movement and the tower.

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Cheng-Wen

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