Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

Unorthodox, But Functional, Buildings Worldwide

Having your building system commissioned provides plenty of benefits. Particularly, the chance to determine if a unique architectural design and structure can be helpful. This allows you to make an imposing and memorable image while saving on operational costs.

Location would not even be a hindrance, whether in Portland, Oregon, or anywhere else. However, it can be difficult to think of a possible building design. Here are a couple of building structures around the world to draw inspiration from.

O-14 Tower

You can find it along the extension of Dubai Creek, on the waterfront esplanade. This building has a concrete shell layer that is 40-centimeter thick. This shell has over 1,300 holes that make the building look like it is wrapped in lace when viewed from afar.

The shell functions as a sturdy foundation for the building. It has a gap of about one meter from the main enclosure that acts as a natural cooling system for the structure. Despite the shell’s holes, it protects the main enclosure well against sunlight.

Flatiron Building

Considered as one of the first skyscrapers built in New York, the Flatiron Building opened in 1902. It looks like an iron, rising to 87 meters with its 22 floors. When it first opened, the unfortunate female tenants had no restrooms. It was then decided to assign men’s and women’s bathrooms on alternating floors. Its peculiar interior design can be unappealing to some, but you can use this for odd-shaped plots.

Flatiron Building


This building began construction in Chicago in 2007. It is over 250-meter tall and is home to a lot of residences. It accommodates hotel rooms, residential rooms, and condominium rooms.

Living up to its name, looking at it from afar will remind you of an ocean’s waves. This effect is due to its small balconies and blue-green tinted windows. The small balconies, besides serving an aesthetic effect, help disperse wind vortices. They also provide cover for nearby apartments and stop birds from crashing into windows.

Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower

This is one of the most recent buildings in Tokyo, constructed in 2008. It was built to accommodate three schools: the fashion school that is Tokyo Mode Gakuen, the IT school that is HAL Tokyo, and the medical school that is Shuto Iko.

Appearance-wise, it looks like a cocoon. This is due to its elliptical shape, covered by crisscrossed web lines. The shape diminishes wind streams, which can be dangerous in great heights. It is similar in purpose to the Flatiron Building located in the overpopulated New York. Unlike most campuses, Mode Gakuen has a unique layout. It adjusts to Tokyo’s condensed urban environment by arranging its campuses vertically.

It is good to have an artistic and unique architectural idea, but it should also have many advantages. These advantages can be in the form of not only aesthetics but also structural. At the end of the day, it is not the design of the building that matters. What matters is if it achieves its intended function and purpose.

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