Modern Architecture - Mode-Gakuen Spiral Towers: Nagoya, Japan

This stunning structure by architectural group Nikken Sekkei really does set the standard for educational architecture. Located on busy Main Street in Nagoya, Japan, the Mode-Gakuen Spiral Towers were designed for three schools that represent the school of fashion design, computer programming, and medical support. The concept of the towers are derived from the enthusiasm of students from three schools, twining and rising up to the sky then departing to the real world.

Three buildings of class rooms around the spiral core are called “Wings”. The towers' wing-like shape, narrow at the top, changes the rotation axis as they rise and create an organic curve. Spiral Towers appears to change shape slightly when viewed from different angles, giving an elegant yet dynamic impression.

The towers are highlighted with many ecological features, such as a double-glassed air flow window system and a natural air ventilation system. The central core of the building is a highly rigid cylindrical structure. Like the central pillar in a house, this structure securely protects the building against twisting and earthquakes. This cylindrical structure is called an inner truss tube and comprises concrete-filled, steel tubular columns, with braces deployed around the core. Don't you wish you could go to school here?

courtesy of world architecture news

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Tags: Architecture, Japan, Mode-Gakuen, Modern, Nagoya, Spiral, Towers

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Comment by Siona Shimshi Hirsch on October 18, 2010 at 10:27am
Comment by Godofredo Carlos Geyer on April 26, 2009 at 9:29am
fantastic architecture - cool details....
Comment by Dicacio on February 14, 2009 at 1:15am
i agree with Will...the DNA of immortal skill. i was blown away by its hotness. it should have its own MySpace! ;)
Comment by Will on February 13, 2009 at 11:38am
That's amazing. It looks like DNA.
Comment by PANDA JU on February 13, 2009 at 11:19am
This building is stunning.

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