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Check Out These Teeny Tiny Japanese Capsule Apartments

Check Out These Teeny Tiny Japanese Capsule Apartments

Compact housing is nothing new in Japan, a city with limited room and a whole lotta people. But these apartments are taking it to a whole other level.

The Nagakin Capsule Tower in Shimbashi, Tokyo, is representative of the “Metabolism” wave of architecture in post-war Japan, which resulted in a bunch of miniscule living quarters throughout the country. The idea was that these apartments would solve the dilemma of urban planning in 20th century Japan – businessmen would stay in the tiny apartments during the week for work.

(Photo: Dick Thomas Johnson/Flickr)


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When the apartments were built in the affluent ’60s, the plan was that these capsule living spaces would be replaced and upgraded every 25 years, a plan that never came to fruition. The apartments – which measure at just over nine square metres – are still used, but their eccentric design makes maintenance very difficult.

(Photo: Dick Thomas Johnson/Flickr)

And no, those portal windows don’t open, so you better hope the air conditioning doesn’t conk out.

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