Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cocoon Tower in Shinjuku

The Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower in Shinjuku is an educational complex designed by Tange associates, the company of the late Japanese architect Kenzo Tange. Completed in 2008, it is the second tallest educational building in the world.

The cocoon like structure, hence the name, has an elegant design with white aluminum and dark blue glass. The tower is an eye magnet on the Shinjuku skyline.

The tower was awarded the Skyscraper of the year in 2008 by Emporis. The tower has a visual similarity with another Emporis prizewinner, the Gherkin in London.

The building houses three educational institutions, and the interiors are amazing, unfortunately, I was not allowed to take photos inside.

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