Tokyo Damage Report

brutal tower!

There's an odd corner near  Parco in Shibuya – one of those weird architectural bits.

But unlike some of the other architecture weird things I post – this one not weird because it's rare – it's weird because you can actually SEE something that's pretty normal but usually hidden.

My friend and I were having some not-okay omelets at some up-scale girly restaurant with chi-chi private booths. All very nice. But imagine my suprise when I exit the restaurant, turn round and see THIS:

WTF?!???

Here's all I know: There's three 8-story(ish) buildings arranged in a triangle, with this little spot of no-man's-land in between 'em. And in this little spot someone has erected a three-story structure – not for habitation, though. It's a three-story air-conditioner tower. It exists only to hold the 100 air-cons of the neighboring buildings.

It's never been cleaned. No one knows how it got there or whose responsibility it is. It's a crazy neo-tokyo thingy – and to make matters worse, since it's in this tiny dead space between tall buildings, there is no way for fresh air to get to the air-cons to begin with! Everyone in these buildings is breathing the same rancid, post-apocalypse air that's been through these filthy monsters hundreds of times. Awesome!

 

 

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Keep in mind, MOST (I'm making that up) of the aircons in space-starved Tokyo are hidden in these filthy nooks and crannies, but it's only here you can actually see behind the facades.

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It looks like Katamari Damacy and Mad Max had a baby.

 

bonus pic: neighboring conditioners in a wall:

Here's the Google Map of the spot in case you want to take your picture with Brutal Aircon Hell Tower:

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  1. TRex May 13th, 2010 2:45 am

    I'd hate to be the service tech. Maybe when a unit breaks down they just add a replacement to the top level?

  2. Rob May 13th, 2010 3:56 pm

    You see, this is the kind of shit that makes me refuse to believe that Japan isn't exactly how it looks in anime.

  3. Paul May 22nd, 2010 9:17 pm

    Man, that tower just made me laugh out loud. Especially the ariel shots, looks like undercity alleys from a scifi flick.
     
    Rob: I'd say Japans a lot closer to the stereotypes than most countries are to theirs. Case in point, the ol' panty vendy. Not on every corner, but they exist, as do places like the creepy panty shop listed on this site's tourist guide. In a large enough metropolis, filled with nameless nooks and crannies, anything can happen.

  4. Buzz Kiehl May 23rd, 2010 7:58 pm

    boring. is this the best you can do? Step it up, please.

  5. admin May 24th, 2010 3:58 am

    @buzz: did i mention 20 of those 30 air conditioners are used to cool off your mom’s cooch?

  6. Lydia May 25th, 2010 2:04 pm

    @Buzz: This is like half the posts on the site! What were you expecting?
     
    Not that it's a bad thing though, I love looking at this stuff.

  7. Drew August 30th, 2010 11:13 pm

    "…there is no way for fresh air to get to the air-cons to begin with! Everyone in these buildings is breathing the same rancid, post-apocalypse air that's been through these filthy monsters hundreds of times. Awesome!"

    Awesome find, but a slight misunderstanding of Japanese aircon units, Steve. Unlike central air units in the US, with Japanese units no outside air is brought in. Both the exterior and interior units have radiators in them, and the fluid cycles between both. At the outside unit the liquid is cooled by the air moving across the radiator. When the liquid flows back to the inside radiator, the fan in the inside unit blows your existing air across it, cooling it down and forcing it to circulate around your room.

    You are right that people are breathing their own air over and over, but they're not breathing the Mad Max rust-air from the tower of industrial death.

  8. admin August 31st, 2010 10:37 pm

    @drew: aaaahshit! thanks for the correction and explanation!

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