CAPSULE Tower is about to Disappear

According to the building’s new owners, one of Japan’s most distinctive works of contemporary architecture, the Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo. Will be demolished this month.

The decision ends years of uncertainty surrounding the eye-catching structure. Which once offered a futuristic vision of urban living, but had recently fallen into disrepair.

Completed in 1972, the tower comprises 144 factory-built units arranged around two concrete cores. Each 10-square-meter (108-square-foot) “capsule” features a porthole-style window, with appliances and furniture built into the structure of each home.

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