It seemed like a great idea at the time, but Tokyo capsule tower didn’t catch on

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It seemed like a great idea at the time, but Tokyo capsule tower didn’t catch on

by: Leon Cook | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: December 22, 2017

Tucked amid the expensive apartments and high-end shopping centers of Tokyo’s fashionable Ginza district is an oddity of architecture and a vision for a future that never was.

Nakagin Capsule Tower looks more like a stack of washing machines than an apartment building.

The people who built it in under a month in 1972 thought it heralded an age in which cities, like living things, would grow and respond to their environments. However, Nakagin is one of only a few structures produced in accordance with their utopian vision.

It actually consists of two towers — 11 and 13 stories high — with 140 capsules attached. Drivers can easily see the building from the Shuto expressway but might not realize what it is.

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