Taking down skyscrapers the Japanese way

Taking down skyscrapers the Japanese way

New innovations make demolishing old buildings more efficient and way cooler.

Japan isn’t always a land known only for the weird crap that comes out of it on a seemingly daily basis.  Oftentimes they invent or innovate something that quite literally changes the way the world works.  The latest development, one that I personally think is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen, involves the methods they use to tear down old skyscrapers.   Instead of just blowing the crap out of them or bashing them to bits with giant metal balls, the Japanese are just quietly dismantling them.

The new process involves using some giant jacks and cranes and is aptly titled the Ecological Reproduction System.  The first step of this method is to remove everything inside of the buildings that isn’t nailed down.  Then the floors are taken apart, piece by piece, in a sealed off section of the building.  This means no mess to go plummeting down to passing pedestrians, particularly the masses of dust that usually accompany the destruction of a building.

Girders, beams, concrete and everything else is taken apart manually and lowered to the ground using cranes.  These cranes have the added benefit of creating electricity as they operate, which helps to run the project.  As one floor is destroyed, the ones above it are held up with giant jacks and slowly lowered.  Eventually, it’s just the roof left, which gets taken apart on the ground.  Thus, the entire process leaves the building looking like a normal building, albeit a little bit shorter with each passing day.

As a bonus, the process of tearing the building down in this fashion produces 85 percent less carbon emissions than usual.  Not to mention, it’s much less noisy than explosions and wrecking balls and can be done in any type of weather, at any time of the year.

Something so effective has to be the wave of the future.  Whether we here in the West will give up the opportunity to blow something to smithereens is another story.  We do love our explosives.  But as long as we can get over ourselves, we’ll be seeing a new addition to cityscapes around the globe, thanks to Japanese innovation.

Check out the time lapse of this thing at work:

Razing a skyscraper the ecological way