15th October 2023

Nakagin Capsule Design Community Challenge

Came across this design competition by Gediminas Kirdeikis, who does some of the best architectural tutorials around. Felt like it would be a fun project to visualise my ideal set up if given an empty Nakagin Capsule (although I was sad to read that the physical building has now been demolished). 

Considering the capsules realtively compact size of about 3.7m x 2.2m of usable floor space, I wanted to maximise the efficiency of the room and divided it into three main zones: the bookshelf around the window, the two work desks and finally the sofa and TV unit. The next step was figuring out what items needed to be placed and took inspiration from workstations I had seen online and my own room. I downloaded the majority of 3D assets from various sources and changed the textures depending on what I thought worked well. All the modelling was done in Houdini and textured in Substance Painter before importing the whole scene as a USD file into Unreal Engine where I saved the images from.   

I was happy to see my entry come 4th (as a honourable mention 😊) but just missed out on the prizes. The winning projects were great to see and the creativity of turning a box with a window into something unique was inspiring.