Exterior view of the cocoon tower, credit Koji

A cocoon-shaped structure

The cocoon shape symbolises the role of the building: nurturing students inside.

MODE GAKUEN Cocoon Tower
Exterior view of Sony City, credit Sony Life Insurance Co Ltd

Cube of strength

Winner of the Seismic Isolation Award 2008 from the Japan Society of Seismic Isolation.

Sony City Tokyo
Nicolas, credit Daichi Ano

Structurally resilient

A structural system inspired by the pendulum movement of an antique clock.

Nicolas G Hayek Center
HOTO FUDO (c)Koji Fujii/Nacasa & Partners Inc

A sustainable restaurant

A unique restaurant at the foot of Mt Fuji designed for low carbon footprint and control of heat and light.


With more than 20 years of experience in Japan, Arup has established itself as a thought leader in seismic engineering in the country. Our notable structures include Nicolas G Hayak Center which adopts a new the self mass damper system; Sony City, a massive 20-storey near-cube with base isolation in the basement. In Japan, we work closely with other offices in Asia and worldwide, giving our clients access to a full range of our global skills and best practices.




  • 23Sep 2016

    Ian Taylor appointed Global Aviation Business Leader

    Ian joined Arup in 1993 and has worked in the UK, Ireland, USA and Asia.  Since 2009, he has served as Aviation Business Leader in East Asia, playing a leading role in expanding the Firm’s presence in China. Previously, he led the Aviation team in the UK, Middle East and Africa.

  • 22Jan 2016

    Arup appointed for Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport Terminal 3

    The appointment follows an international design competition which shortlisted three impressive architectural firms including UN Studio and Foster + Partners Limited.

  • 14Jan 2016

    Arup continues heat networks success in the UK

    The commissions will see Arup undertake heat mapping and master planning in order to identify and outline opportunities for heat networks in both Greater Manchester (GM) and the Leeds City Region.

  • 11Jan 2016

    Arup Atkins joint venture awarded Thames Tideway Tunnel contract

    Valued at £416 million, the six kilometre ‘West’ section of the 25km Thames Tideway Tunnel will run from Acton in West London to Wandsworth in South West London incorporating seven separate work sites along the route. Works will include design, construction, commissioning and maintenance following construction completion.