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With an architect Kisho Kurokawa designed the iconic Nakagin capsule tower in 1972, and he had imagined its dwellings to be easily interchangeable to keep the building in perfect condition. Unfortunately, due to ownership and financial problems, the concrete and steel structure as a whole aged.

Tornin the modular feature now serves its purpose, but it is heartbreaking to the death of the building. Report Meret details of the demolition of the Tokyo Ginza landmark to be donated separately to facilities or leased.

Museum of Contemporary Art Saitama already has one of the units on display, while downtown Paris Pompidou apparently wants to collect a block.

The rest 139 Nakag’s Capsule Tower owners are funding crowdfunding in hopes of raising enough money to refurbish the capsules for new buyers or recipients.

Nakagin capsule tower is the main icon of Japan’s metabolic planning, a post-war movement that Kurokawa helped as a pioneer. Each condo is designed with only individual salary men in mind, measuring just eight feet by 13 feet and featuring a light valve style window. It took only 30 days to complete the building.


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