Architectural history in tiny Tokyo capsules

Every night in Tokyo, the few remaining residents of the Nakagin Capsule Tower bed down to sleep in the once-futuristic white pods they call home. Unlike the tiny, coffin-like cabins of Japan’s numerous capsule hotels, where office workers who have missed the last train can catch a few hours’ sleep, the 140 units at Nakagin represent a special part of the history of architecture, and one that is worth protecting against plans to tear it down, say campaigners. […]

My feature for AFP was published in full by titles including The Japan Times (in print and online), Yahoo News and Business Insider. It was also picked up by The Daily Mail.

A French translation of the piece was published in L’Express among others and a video of the story by producer Richard Colombo can be seen here: