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Could This Be Japan's Smallest Ever Apartment Complex?

Noritaka Minami Nakagin Capsule Tower 1972 photography image

Could This Be Japan's Smallest Ever Apartment Complex?

Not all of Japan's homes are transparent or cater to the curiosity of voyeurs, as talented photographer Noritaka Minami reveals. If you thought these claustrophobic apartments in Hong Kong were crammed and oppressive, wait until you see the infamous Nakagin Capsule Tower.

Built in 1972 as a residential building, 40 years on its 140 apartments continue to be occupied. In a city as dense as Tokyo, when it comes to accommodation, locals focus on two things, cost and location - no matter how small the size it seems. The complex was one of the first to create micro-sized apartment, tiny cramped spaces used for the most basic of functions, sleeping, resting and eating. No luxuries, no outdoor garden or sweeping views - just a functional box.

Through his investigative imagery, Minami poses the uncomfortable question, are these clean, sterile micro-sized apartments the future of inner city living?

Via Fast Co. Exist

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