Since leaving Japan, I have become aware, and incredibly fond, of Metabolism, a Japanese architectural style born out of Modernism which–to me at least–has some Brutalist overtones. Like Brutalism, it speaks to an unrealised utilitarian, yet optimistic future.
From what I understand, few Metabolist buildings were constructed, and even fewer remain standing today–it seems they did not age well. A little Wikipedia investigation reveals a short list:
- Nakagin Capsule Tower
- Yamanashi Press and Broadcaster Center
- Hillside Terrace
- Hotel Sofitel Tokyo
- Sky House by Kiyonori Kikutake, 1958
- Shizuoka Press and Broadcasting Center by [Kenzo Tange]
Many of the Metabolist developments can be found in district of Minato-ku, Tokyo, and in spite of spending two years working there, I never took the opportunity to really pay these buildings the respect they deserve. On my recent visit, I decided to put that right, visiting both the Nakagin Capsule Tower, and the Yamanashi Press and Broadcast Center.