MODE GAKUEN Cocoon Tower

  • Winner of the Emporis '2008 Skyscraper of the Year'.
  • Arup provided structural engineering services on this iconic, 50-storey structure.

The MODE GAKUEN Cocoon Tower is a 204m tall, 50-storey educational building - the second tallest of its kind in the world.

Home to three vocational schools of fashion design, computer technology and medical care, it serves 10,000 students in total, stimulating their professional development so that they eventually emerge like butterflies from a cocoon.

The iconic building’s expressive design has attracted wide public interest. Even during its construction, many photographs of its development were posted on the Internet. The structure's aesthetic excellence and functional design have also been recognised by the industry. In 2008, it was awarded as "Skyscraper of the Year" by Emporis.

Arup provided structural engineering services to the project, throughout the design and construction phases.


  • MODE GAKUEN Cocoon Tower in Tokyo. Copyright Arup / MODE GAKUEN.Open gallery

    MODE GAKUEN Cocoon Tower in Tokyo was selected as Skyscraper of the Year in 2008 by Emporis.