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Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower – Tokyo, Japan

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Building: Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower University
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Status: Completed 2008
Height: 203.65 m (second tallest education building in the world
Architect: Tange Associates
Structural Engineering: Arup
Mechanical Engineering: Kenchiku Setubi Sekkei Kenkyusho
General Contractor: Shimizu Corporation

AE Interests: steel and reinforced concrete, covered with a skin of glass and aluminum parts network; accommodates approximately 10,000 students across the three vocational schools: fashion, information and technology, and medical welfare; 50 floors of three rectangular classroom areas, rotating 120 degrees, arranged in a curvi-linear form around the inner core; inner core consists of elevators, staircases and shafts; three-story student lounges located between the classrooms, facing three directions: east, southwest and northwest; a co-generation system installed within the building produces about 40% of the structure’s power and thermal energy, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and increases efficiency; elliptic shape allows for even distribution of sunlight, limiting heat radiation to the surrounding area, and aerodynamically disperses strong wind streams

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Written by Alvin Nguyen

September 9, 2015 at 11:43 am

Posted in Built

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