Capsule Micro Apartments

Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo, Japan consisting of approximately 100 square feet units built in 1972. Photos by Noritaka Minami. More info. here.



  1. Honor October 14, 2013 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Sorry… thinking “Fifth Element” here

    • J S May 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      I so agree. It’s the first thing that popped in my head, Lang with where is the rest room.

    • Dorothy May 26, 2014 at 12:22 pm - Reply

      Exactly. This is just like the cubby that Bruce Willis had!

  2. Cap'n Frank October 16, 2013 at 2:14 am - Reply

    BS!!!!! This is what the UN has in store for us under Agenda 21!!! If I go Tiny it will be for ME for freedom, not by Government mandate.

  3. Cass October 19, 2013 at 3:16 am - Reply

    Wow, these are terrible. Nothing at all like the other tiny houses. For me one of the main draws to a tiny house is to not be cramped in (butt)hole to elbow with other people and be outside in nature. Geeze, this is my nightmare.

  4. Tamie October 21, 2013 at 11:30 am - Reply

    I can think of several times in my life that this would have been preferable to the way I had to live.

  5. Cynthia October 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Get a grip. Tokyo is very crowded and very expensive. This is no worse than living in a tiny apartment in a New York high rise apartment. It is probably cheaper for the people living in them than living in bigger places in Tokyo. In this case, housing is relative.

    As for the political comment, are you serious? Agenda 21 (for the 21st century) was proposed through consultation and negotiation among non-profit organizations for the benefit of humanity–that is for the ability of humanity to continue to live on the earth. It is voluntary, not mandatory. No one is forcing anyone to do anything. Nonetheless, those who are conspiracy theorists (and there are more of them every day) believe that the UN is trying to regulate their actions ad deprive them of their freedom. If freedom is your goal, then being an animal is your desire because they have full freedom to do whatever they want. If humanity is your goal, then we all need a few rules that we have agreed upon to help us to exist together. Agenda 21 is a PROPOSED set of rules, not mandatory ones.

  6. Eva October 21, 2013 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    They look like front-loading clothing washers circa the hatch in Lost.

  7. Yojimbo October 21, 2013 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Now that’s livin’!

  8. dew October 21, 2013 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    I wouldn’t like to live in something like this long-term. But if someone could come up with something similar that was fairly easy AND quick to manufacture, transport, and build for disasters that displace people, I’m thinking they wouldn’t mind something like this for a short-term solution while recovering from the immediate after-effects. Then as people moved out to stay with relatives or friends, the remaining people could be given a 2nd unit based on need (larger family).

  9. Brian October 21, 2013 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    This was constructed as a part of the Metabolism movement of architecture in Japan during the 60s.

  10. ImReady December 31, 2013 at 12:12 am - Reply

    Each capsule measures 2.3 m (7.5 ft) wide × 3.8 m (12 ft) long × 2.1 m (6.9 ft) high. These were built, originally, for bachelor salarymen…(that’s what the article said!) The compact apartments included a wall of appliances and cabinets built into one side, including a kitchen stove, a refrigerator, a television set, and a reel-to-reel tape deck. A bathroom unit, about the size of an aircraft lavatory, is set into an opposite corner. A large circular window over a bed dominates the far end of the room. I, ImReady, never found a picture of a view from the round window, namely the other side of the room, where the “Airplane type Lavatory” is located.

  11. ImReady December 31, 2013 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Whoever is moderating this site, maybe you know why my post came up as Brian. then, my birthday is listed after the name of Brian. I guess you, Brian, must be the moderator. Probably! Take Care. Love the small living space.

  12. Ceci February 4, 2014 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    For those who left silly comments: these apartments are not the contemporary tiny houses you are used to, given that the whole skyscraper was built and completed in 1972, yet they’re more contemporary than any other microhouse of nowadays: just look at their bathrooms, to see how much the whole capsule could have been perfectly functional tiday with a modern “upgraded” furniture. It’s a pity that a masterpiece of futuristic architecture like the nakagin capsule tower is abandoned and left like an old useless steel container, because its a piece of historical and artistic japanese heritage. So sad.

  13. bernie February 19, 2014 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    am I the only one seriously reminded of the movie 5th dimension and bruce willis’ tiny apartment?

  14. Jack August 7, 2014 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Wasn’t this shown in The Wolverine?

  15. Nivek December 10, 2015 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Oooh my new stackable washer dryer set came!

  16. Maria July 19, 2016 at 3:40 am - Reply

    Been living in a place the same sort of size for 3 years now. And I work from home! Maybe I’d be a good candidate for Mars …

  17. James November 4, 2016 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    I’m still trying to figure out how you would actually get inside one of them…

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