The dismantled Nakagin Capsule Tower Building in Tokyo, once an iconic work of contemporary architecture, is being given new life, with one of its housing module capsules having joined a U.S. art museum collection and others planned to be utilized for various purposes.

A masterpiece of the late Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, the building was made of 140 independent housing module capsules that characterized its unique exterior design.

The building was dismantled last year, but some former residents, drawn by the historic structure representing Japan's postwar architectural movement called metabolism, have stood up to save the capsules.