The Nakagin Capsule Tower in Shimbashi, Tokyo. Photo: Shutterstock The Nakagin Capsule Tower in Shimbashi, Tokyo. Photo: Shutterstock
The Nakagin Capsule Tower in Shimbashi, Tokyo. Photo: Shutterstock
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Japan calls time on the Nakagin Capsule Tower, a once futuristic vision of ‘metabolism’ architecture

  • The Ginza landmark designed by Kisho Kurokawa was completed in 1972 with a plan that each of its 140 capsules would be upgraded every 25 years
  • Half a century later, not one has been replaced and the firm that owns it has finally lost patience. For now it is a time capsule of a time when rotary phones and reel-to-reel tape recorders were state-of-the-art

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The Nakagin Capsule Tower in Shimbashi, Tokyo. Photo: Shutterstock The Nakagin Capsule Tower in Shimbashi, Tokyo. Photo: Shutterstock
The Nakagin Capsule Tower in Shimbashi, Tokyo. Photo: Shutterstock
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