Fun Link Friday: Tokyo’s “Shrinking” Building

The 40-story Akasaka Grand Prince Hotel is being demolished, but how does one demolish a building in downtown Tokyo without making a mess? Taisei Corporation has a unique solution: “shrinking” the building by removing one layer at a time from the bottom up.

Image via Japan Property Central. "Left: The hotel in early November, 2012. Right: The hotel one month later in December, 2012."

Image via Japan Property Central. “Left: The hotel in early November, 2012. Right: The hotel one month later in December, 2012.”

This process has to be seen to be believed! CNN and the BBC both have short videos online, and The Escapist has an overview article. For more on the process, check out Japan Property Central‘s in-depth look on the “Taisei Ecological Reproduction System”: “A look at the demolition of the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka,” which includes plenty of photos.

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