Fate of Tokyo's Nakagin Capsule Tower to Be Decided Shortly

Society Culture

Tokyo, July 29 (Jiji Press)--The fate of Tokyo's famed Nakagin Capsule Tower is set to be decided as early as autumn, attracting attention from home and abroad on whether the building and its unique exterior will be kept or scrapped.

Currently, a foreign company is holding negotiations on acquiring the building in the upmarket Ginza district, seen concluding shortly.

The building, completed in 1972, is a 13-story complex made of 140 independent housing module capsules. It is one of masterpieces of the late Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, known as one of the leaders of the postwar architectural movement called metabolism.

Nakagin Integration Inc. last year sold the title to the land used for the building to a real estate company, according to Tatsuyuki Maeda, 52, who owns some of the capsules and heads a preservation project for the tower.

The real estate company at one time considered reconstruction for the building, opening the possibility of the tower being demolished.

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