Mode Gakuen, Tokyo, Shinjuku…

The current city of Shinjuku, Tokyo grew out of several separate towns and villages, which have retained some distinctions despite growing together as part of the Tokyo metropolis.

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Nishi – Shinjuku, the area west of Shinjuku Station, historically known as Yodobashi, is the area in Tokyo with the largest concentration of skyscapers… Some of the tallest buildings in Tokyo are located in this area, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, KDDI Building and Park Tower…

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Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower is a 204m, 50-storey educational facility located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, designed by Kenzo Tange Associates. According to Tange Associates the building’s cocoon shape symbolizes a building that nurtures the students inside… The building hoists three educational institutions: Tokyo Mode Gakuen, HAL Tokyo and Shuto Ikō. Completed in October 2008, the tower is the second-tallest educational building in the world, after the Moscow State University.

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White aluminum and dark blue glass exterior form the structure’s curved shell, which is criss-crossed by a web of white diagonal lines earning it the name “Cocoon Tower”. The vertical campus can accommodate 10,000 students for the three schools that occupy the building. 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.

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Shinjuku is a major commercial and administrative center with the busiest railway station in the world… with almost 4 million passengers and commuters per day… making it the world’s busiest hub with 51 platforms in total and over 200 exits… I’ve there and I didn’t get lost. God knows how! Well, the west exit leads to Keio Department store… and Odakyu Department store…

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I love Shinjuku… Despite the fact that Shinjuku represents the area with the largest number of skyscrapers and is considered by definition – the administrative center, it is home to some of the impressive architectural achievements in Japan and it is still growing, changing, reshaping… it is quite inspiring, it is also green and full of life.

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