nakagin capsule tower building

japanese architecture took a daring glance at a possible future when, in 1972, kisho kurokawa completed 
the 'nakagin capsule tower building'. the two towers were built on the idea that structures, much like in nature, 
could be created out of cells. 140 individual pods could be changed and moved as needed, creating a flexible 
and adaptable unit. the towers consisted of a fixed central column to which these individual capsules 
could be bolted and removed with four high-tension bolts. the idea was that every 25 years or so, 
the pods could be replaced, giving the building a 200 year life span.  

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