A housing study for ENVIRONMENT • FORM • FEEDBACK | Strip District, Pittsburgh PA
Partner | Catherine Zanardi
Coordinator Dana Cupkova | Professor Matthew Huber • Matthew Plecity
Fall 2015 | Carnegie Mellon University
A partner project taking a look at one of the housing complexes to inspire thoughts and ideas to be applied in the forthcoming eco-morphological housing complex project ENVIRONMENT • FORM • FEEDBACK. This housing precedent study analyzes the Nakagin Capsule Tower by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa.
The Nakagin Capsule Tower is one of a few buildings that exemplifies the Japanese Metabolism style. A postwar architectural movement, Japanese Metabolism, as can be inferred from the name, strived for an organic, biological growth architecture. This style of architecture has the ability to change, to grow as society grows, so that it maintains close alliance with society. The assembly drawing conveys the interchangeability of the capsules and its ability to be removed or added to the central shaft of the building.
The compactness of the capsule conveys the Japanese lifestyle – simplistic and minimalistic. These capsules illustrate how people can live adequately with the bare minimum. The vignettes graphically showcase the various activities that can occur within a single capsule.
The organization of each capsule does not follow a pattern. Each floor simply has a rotation • removal • addition of capsules which allows it to differ from the previous floor. The circulation diagrams illustrate the circulation + massing of the Nakagin Capsule Tower.
In the final phase of this housing precedent study each partner had to come up with a morphology, a change, to better the conditions of the housing in question. Through research we found that the Nakagin Capsule Tower faces demolition, due to significant wear and tear. Though the cause of wear and tear was not reported, most likely one reason may be due to poor or lack of a drainage system. Therefore the focus of this morphology is to ameliorate the water circulation by utilizing an installation system, which essentially carries rain water and such to the ground, thereby preventing the forming of molds and such.
Responsible for the assembly drawing • vignettes • sun path diagram • sun shade diagram • morphology [labelled Fukuda Morphology]