Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

Coordinates: 35°41′30″N 139°41′49″E / 35.69167°N 139.69694°E / 35.69167; 139.69694
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Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower
General information
TypeEducational institution
Architectural styleStructural expressionism
Location1-7-3 Nishi-Shinjuku
Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Coordinates35°41′30″N 139°41′49″E / 35.69167°N 139.69694°E / 35.69167; 139.69694
Construction started2006
OpeningOctober 2008
Roof204 meters (669 ft)
Technical details
Floor count50 above ground
3 below ground
Design and construction
Architect(s)Tange Associates
Structural engineerArup
Main contractorShimizu Corporation

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower (モード学園コクーンタワー, Mōdo gakuen kokūn tawā) is a 204 metres (669 feet), 50-story educational facility located in the Nishi-Shinjuku district in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. The building is home to three educational institutions: Tokyo Mode Gakuen (fashion vocational school), HAL Tokyo (special technology and design college), and Shuto Ikō (medical college). Completed in October 2008, the tower is the second-tallest educational building in the world and was the 17th-tallest building in Tokyo. It was awarded the 2008 Skyscraper of the Year by Emporis.


Mode Gakuen invited architects to compete to build its new Tokyo location, stipulating that the building could not be rectangular. About 50 architects submitted more than 150 proposals. The winner had a curved shell of white aluminum and dark blue glass, criss-crossed by a web of white diagonal lines. The architects, Tange Associates, said its cocoon-like shape symbolizes nurturing the students inside;[1] they also said they wanted the building to revitalize the surrounding area and to create a gateway between Shinjuku Station and the Shinjuku central business district.[2] The building earned the firm the Emporis 2008 Skyscraper of the year award.[3]


Built on the former site of the now-demolished Asahi Life headquarters, construction of the Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower began in May 2006 and was completed in October 2008.[4][2] The 204 metres (669 feet)-tall, 50-story tower is the second-tallest educational building in the world (surpassed only by the main building of the Moscow State University) and was the 17th-tallest building in Tokyo.[4] The vertical campus can accommodate 10,000 students for the three vocational schools that occupy the building. Tokyo Mode Gakuen, for which the building in named after, is a fashion school. The other schools, HAL Tokyo and Shuto Ikō, are information technology and medical schools, respectively, that are operated by Mode Gakuen University. Each floor of the tower contains three rectangular classrooms that surround an inner core. The inner core consists of an elevator, a staircase and a support shaft. Every three floors, a three-story student lounge is located between the classrooms and faces three directions: east, southwest and northwest.[2]

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  1. ^ Takano, Kiyomi (January 14, 2009). "Unusual structures grab attention". The Daily Yomiuri. Archived from the original on April 1, 2020. Retrieved January 29, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Young, Niki May (January 23, 2009). "Recently completed Cocoon Tower makes education design as easy as A-B-C". Archived from the original on October 7, 2014. Retrieved January 26, 2009.
  3. ^ "Tokyo's Cocoon Tower selected as 2008 Skyscraper of the Year". Europe Real Estate. January 22, 2009. Retrieved January 26, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower". Archived from the original on February 23, 2007. Retrieved January 26, 2009.

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