Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower
Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower
“We believe that the time between classes and after school is also an important part of student life, such as having discussions or chatting with friends, consulting teachers, or even falling in love... In a school setting, it is important to be able to move freely between classrooms and to be aware of one’s surroundings. So, we designed this high-rise building as if it were stacked three-story school” explained Nakayama.
“Our proposal explained the ways that the building took social contribution and the environment into consideration. For example, it offers connectivity to Shinjuku’s underground passage, makes an egg-shaped low-rise hall next to the school available for rental by the public, and employs a co-generational heat and cooling system. Further, the proposal noted the revitalization that the young energy of students would bring to the city area. After discussions with Tokyo Metropolitan Government a number of times, Tange Associates was successful in receiving special authorization for 1,370% capacity to secure floor area ratio and height.”
Nakayama tells us the inspiration behind the name and design of the Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower: “The cocoon represents a period of protection before venturing out into the real world. It’s a place for young people to learn -- a school’s role is like that of a cocoon.”
The exterior design resembles a cocoon, while the interior is composed of three towers, representing the identity of the three schools: Fashion & Design, Medical Care & Welfare, and Technology & Design. The towers are linked by corridors and creates open spaces that provide visual connectivity and offer places for interaction between students.”
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Nakayama adds, “This design presented additional challenges during construction; including special classroom requests of different designs, and accommodating this with the building’s unique oval shape. In order to remain within budget, we transitioned to the idea of standardizing the size of the exterior wall panels and instead adjusting the interior height of each floor.
Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower stands for the passion and enthusiasm of everyone involved -- that led to the creation of a city landmark. Today, it’s become an iconic building that represents the urban landscape of Nishi-Shinjuku.”
Excerpts taken from https://en.tangeweb.com/project/modegakuen/ with the permission from Tange Associates, 2019.