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    Exclamation ~Capsule Living !!!

    Student housing taken to the extreme

    We all know that Japanese have developed the art of living in small spaces. They have capsule hotels, so why not have capsule student housing? The big difference is that in hotels you only stay for one night, but a house is supposed to be more permanent. These units have adequate space for a person, are pretty high-tech, well-equipped and easy to maintain - just don't invite any friends...


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    Student O2 Village - Integrated with Natural Environment

    The Technical University of Munich in Germany (together with M-Ch "Micro-compact home") decided to install these units in 2006 - with students and professor to live in it for a 6 months term period. The results of this experiment - all six occupants living there have extended their stay for the full academic year.


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    "Each 2.65m cube features high technology, including broadband and standard internet links a plasma screen and high quality kitchen and bathroom appliances, some provided by co-sponsors, Siemens."


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    First Capsule Building

    Not only students can "enjoy" living in modular, or capsule-like apartments. The whole "capsule living" idea started with this project, built in 1970 in Tokyo:


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    The Nagakin Capsule Tower, designed by Kisho Kurokawa, has been originally intended as a capsule hotel, but then been converted to apartment modules. The 14-story high tower has 140 capsules stacked at angles around a central core. Every unit is detachable and replaceable. Kurokawa designed units to be replaced after 33 years, but this hasn't happened. Currently the building is in process of restoration, but some people call for its demolition, so have a look while this piece of architecture history is still there:


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