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Old July 23rd, 2008, 07:05 PM   #181
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Old July 23rd, 2008, 07:28 PM   #182
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This is supreme. Solid yet light. Intricate yet pure. A real gem.
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Old July 23rd, 2008, 07:54 PM   #183
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It is superb!!!!!! Reminds somehow of Swiss Re in London... but absolutely fantastic!
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Old July 24th, 2008, 10:08 PM   #184
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One of the best towers I've seen in a while.
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Old July 24th, 2008, 11:09 PM   #185
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with all due respect, but personally I think that a very odd building. Not suitable for tokyo skyline
You know Shinjuku well.

A white iron frame is an earthquake-proof construction.



Opening and shutting type heliport



It is made with the diagonal iron frame.



Aluminum curtain wall

It is carried with the trestle. For strong wind.

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Old July 25th, 2008, 02:58 AM   #186
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Stunning one of the best topped out highrises of teh year with the CCTV headquarter in Beijing !
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Old July 25th, 2008, 06:38 AM   #187
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Wow, that heli-platform is fantastic, no wonder it took a while for the top to be finished.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 07:20 AM   #188
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what a gorgeous, uniquely styled building. One of my favourites!!
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Old July 25th, 2008, 07:24 AM   #189
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that is one sexy building!
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Old July 25th, 2008, 02:29 PM   #190
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simply awesome. I like these kind of projects...when u have to use a lot of imagination in order to create something truly unique
I wish that I can c it in person
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Old July 25th, 2008, 05:07 PM   #191
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I wanna go to this school!!
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Old July 26th, 2008, 01:49 AM   #192
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WOW. I had no idea that you could incorporate a heli-pad in this tower. That's just outstanding engineering! Would be so cool to see it open up. It's like a transformer.
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Old July 26th, 2008, 03:49 AM   #193
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So unique, technologically advanced and iconic... one of my favs in Tokyo! Any night shot?
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Old September 20th, 2008, 01:03 AM   #194
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How does they transport 10.000 students when the bell rings
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Old September 20th, 2008, 01:15 AM   #195
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Wow, keep it coming construction ppl!
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Old September 20th, 2008, 01:23 AM   #196
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Stunning one of the best topped out highrises of teh year with the CCTV headquarter in Beijing !
They are in the same league ! I agree
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Old November 8th, 2008, 02:55 PM   #197
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I found this thread while looking for some pictures of this building under construction, and thought I'd post some of my info as well.

I had the opportunity to tour the building recently and thought some people might like a few interior photos.

I'd also like to share a few random bits of information. First of all, the white lines you see on the outside are not actually the structural steel. They are fascia that has been placed over the joints in the glass, and the steel is under that. Some of them are also just stickers on the windows.

As for how 10,000 students will be transported when the bell rings, I imagine it could be a bit of a mess. There is a tremendous amount of space devoted to movement on each floor, but not so much between floors and it's all concentrated in the center of the building. There are two narrow stairwells right next to each other in the very center, and they are surrounded by eight elevators. Four of the public elevators run the entire height of the building, the other four do not. The elevators only stop on every third floor, and the interim floors are connected by staircases located in three-story atria that are stacked along one side of the building. There may also have been two service elevators in the core, but I'm not entirely sure. The floor plans are a bit confusing.

Because only the two narrow center stairways run all the way to the ground, I suspect there could be problems with an evacuation in an emergency.

As far as the interior, other than the nice windows it's really quite plain. The floors and walls are the standard vinyl and wallpaper that you see in just about every Japanese building, and the ceilings mostly quite low with a mix of acoustic tile or are left unfinished or covered with wire grating. The floor plans are quite inefficient and seem rather poorly executed. Overall I would say the interior is a real disappointment compared to the exterior.


A lounge area. This is one of the areas with a bit higher level of finish than the general classroom floors.


Interior of the window. The spots are stickers that are meant to look like the white crosspieces from a distance. The blinds can be opened and closed by servos from the building control room.


A classroom in the beauty school.


A salon in the beauty school, this was the only place I saw with high ceilings and I think it worked out very well.


One of the two auditoriums located inside the sphere at the foot of the building. The picture does no justice to how poorly done this room is. The ceiling, in particular, is terrible.

All the complaints aside, it is a nice looking building and I think it's a pleasant addition to the Shinjuku skyline.
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Old January 23rd, 2009, 06:18 AM   #198
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I just wanna bump this thread by saying that the Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower may possibly win the 2008 Emporis Skyscraper Award. So if the tower really wins the award in Spring, I won't have to listen to any more complaints about this building, although it is an unusual building for the Tokyo skyline. I would have built a structure like that in China or possibly the Republic of Korea.
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Old January 23rd, 2009, 06:43 AM   #199
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UnoriginalNick, thanks for the great interior photos!

It sounds like some compromises had to made in order to incorporate such a daring design. However, I wonder if those images show a fully completed building? Surely there should be something covering the exposed cement for the ceiling of the auditoriums?

Here's a picture of this building from Bloody Monday drama.
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Old January 23rd, 2009, 11:21 AM   #200
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UnoriginalNick, thanks for the great interior photos!

It sounds like some compromises had to made in order to incorporate such a daring design. However, I wonder if those images show a fully completed building? Surely there should be something covering the exposed cement for the ceiling of the auditoriums?

Here's a picture of this building from Bloody Monday drama.
Wow!! I'm Japanese Drama's Fan!!! Bloody Monday is Broadcasting!!!
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