Letter From Tokyo

Nakagin tower facing fate of Pearl Bank flats in Singapore

The Nakagin Capsule Tower, completed in 1972, is under threat of the wrecking ball. ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM
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TOKYO - Architecture buff Tatsuyuki Maeda excitedly shows this writer photographs of the Pearl Bank Apartments in Singapore, taken on a trip last year, as he marvels at the building's strikingly iconic horseshoe-shaped cylindrical structure.

Built in 1976, the building was demolished this year, and Mr Maeda is now fighting an uphill battle to save a beloved 1970s icon in Tokyo from meeting the same fate.

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