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.
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.