Nakagin Capsule Tower is both a residential and office tower designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa in Tokyo. Built in 1972, the building is an example of Japanese metabolism architecture. Nakajin was the world's first example of capsule architecture built for permanent and practical use. The capsules can be individually removed or replaced. The building still stands but has fallen into disrepair, and several times it has nearly faced demolition and redevelopment. These days only a few of the capsules are still used as apartments. Others are used for storage or office space, or abandoned and deteriorating. Remaining tenants are still trying to save the tower, by requesting donations from around the world to purchase all of the capsules and preserve and renovate the building.
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