The eye-catching designs of two recent skyscrapers built for fashion school Mode Gakkuen are winning plaudits from architects and the students who use them.
The two new towers are located in Shinjuku, Tokyo and in the Meieki area of Nagoya, in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan.
The Shinjuku building, was designed by Tange Associates - the architectural firm established by the late Kenzo Tange, and the earlier 170m-tall Nagoya Station structure, Mode Gakkuen Spiral Towers, is the work of Nikken Sekkei.
The 203m-tall Mode Gakkuen Cocoon Tower symbolizes a cocoon fostering and nurturing the latent talent inside, according to the building's proud owners. The sleek, glass tower will be the home for Mode Gakkuen and two other Tokyo vocational schools, with 10,000 students altogether using the building from April.
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