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Photographic Adventures With Architecture, Tokyo…
The unique and extremely interesting shape of the Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower was the result of a competition held by the educational institute, challenging around 50 architects to submit a design that was not rectangular. The winning design selected by Mode Gakuen was that produced by Tange Associates, the cocoon shape supposedly representing a nurturing of the students inside. The building reminds me of 30 St Mary Axe, aka the ‘Gherkin’ in London, although thankfully it is slightly easier to obtain a full view of the building from the pavement level.
Located a short walk from Shinjuku Station, the Cocoon Tower can also be appreciated from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, which is well worth visiting for some fantastic views across the sprawling metropolis, particularly as it offers free entry! Each of the two towers offers an observation platform, with slightly different views of the capitol depending upon the deck visited. Naturally I was keen to see the Cocoon from sky level, which dictated my choice.
Leaving the Shinjuku area we walked slowly towards the Ginza shopping district as the grey skies briefly gave way to some sunshine.
6 thoughts on “Photographic Adventures With Architecture, Tokyo…”
Thank you Michael, very much appreciated!
You tempt me to visit Tokyo with your stunning photography. All of your shots are amazing, but I did spend extra time enjoying your view of the Kabuki-za theatre. The softness of the light and colors are exquisite.
Thank you Elisa! You must put Japan on your bucket list…as always, so many places, so little time… 🙂
Love that view from the metropolitan building…great shots! 🙂
Thanks Kaz, it appears from your blog that we did a similar itinerary in Japan…still trying to process all the shots, but what a fascinating place! Thanks for stopping by my blog… M