1970 – New Sky Building – Yoji Watanabe

Altough not as famous as Kisho Kurokawa’s emblematic Nakagin Capsule Tower, the ominous New Sky Building designed by Yoji Watanabe is one of the jewels from the Metabolist movement. The building completed in 1972 in Shinjuku features bolt-on units and balconies characteristic of Metabolism’s ideal of modularity. Its naval appearance isn’t accidental as Watanabe, supposedly born on a US navy ship, borrowed techniques from submarine building. The theme culminates in the roof design which features a battleship deck-looking floor, with a defining submarine sail-like concrete structure.


Name: New Sky Building│Type: Housing│Architect: Yoji Watanabe│Completed: 1970

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