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The Destruction of Nakagin Capsule Tower

Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo (1972). This was designed by Kisho Kurokawa. It consists of individual flats each in a pre-formed box or capsule, which are then plugged into the superstructure to form this tower. Each capsule is pre-assembled in a factory, including furniture and appliances like phones and televisions. It is then hoisted by crane and fastened onto the concrete shaft.
The capsules are designed for individuals, so if a family wanted to live there it would have to collect several of them. The overall form is not fixed. The units are detachable and the building evolves as people add to it. This is an attempt to create a sustainable architecture using exchangeability and recyclability.

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