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MODE GAKUEN Cocoon Tower


The winning design of an international design competition, the MODE GAKUEN Cocoon Tower is a beautiful skyscraper college campus in the heart of Tokyo. The tower derives its name from its elliptical form, swathed in a white aluminium curtain wall. Arup’s structural designing overcame the challenges of Tokyo’s dense, urban environment with a 50-story education tower with spacious interiors. It houses three vocational schools with capacity for 10,000 students and faculty.

The façade harnesses natural daylight to bathe the internal spaces. The floor plan is simple; three rectangular classroom areas rotate 120° around the inner core which consists of elevators, staircases and service shafts. Student lounges are located between the classrooms and face three directions; east, southwest and northwest. At 204m tall, this is the second tallest educational building in the world.

Professional Development Objectives:

- Understanding vertical educational operations
- How educational institutions can integrate into urban developments
- How educational facilities can be the catalyst for urban revitalization