From Our Correspondent: Japan destroys a miracle of modern architecture

For half a century, it has stood on the edge of the Ginza district, one of Tokyo’s most curious, baffling and brilliant buildings. A 13-storey assembly of 140 steel cubes bolted to two central towers, it looks like the world’s biggest Lego kit.

It was built by a visionary architect and its tiny 8ft by 13ft apartments have been home to writers, artists and musicians. But in a matter of days Nakagin Capsule Tower will be no more.

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