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Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

Posted on September 11, 2014
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Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower is located in Tokyo’s distinctive Nishi-Shinjuku high-rise district and contains three different schools. The building’s innovative shape and cutting edge façade present a unique “Cocoon” concept. Embraced within this incubating form, students are inspired to create, grow and transform. Unlike a traditional, horizontally laid out school, Tange Associates has designed a high-rise vertical campus that can hold approximately 10,000 students. The site’s limited size challenged us to develop a new typology for educational architecture. Three story high atrium lounges, placed between the classrooms, located every three floors, offer sweeping views of the surrounding cityscape and are a new type of “schoolyard”. These innovative lounges, offering students a comfortable place to relax and communicate, provide an innovative solution for educational architecture in densely populated cities.

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Story by Joey Huynh

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