Letter From Tokyo

Nakagin tower facing fate of Pearl Bank flats in Singapore

Conservation groups in Japan lament loss of historic structures and are trying to save the more notable ones

The Nakagin Capsule Tower, completed in 1972, is under threat of the wrecking ball.ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 15, 2020, with the headline 'Nakagin tower facing fate of Pearl Bank flats in Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe