Building design

Our designers share a common goal: to create buildings that work better for people.

Arup unites a global network of inventive and highly skilled building engineers and design specialists. Together, we are best known for helping to shape ambitious buildings.

But while our most recognisable work is in complex, groundbreaking structures, many of which Arup’s input made possible, it is better building performance that drives us.

With world-class expertise – creative and technical – we help to realise buildings that are better because they are more useful and attractive to the people who own and inhabit them, more sympathetic to their context and more commercially sustainable.

Responsive spaces

What defines a building’s performance will depend on its purpose. Listening to the things that make an asset valuable to our clients, and to their buildings’ users, gives direction to our designs.

Efficiency is a key concern. In response, our structural engineers and integrated design teams conserve materials in construction. And to create buildings that operate on lighter costs and fewer resources, we pursue excellence in high-performance façades and mechanical, electricalwater and waste systems.

We help occupants connect, communicate and collaborate by embedding technology in buildings, and we help keep them safe with advanced approaches to security, fire, seismicwind and lift systems design.

People also want buildings that inspire and delight. Inside buildings and out, our designers realise stunning effects and playful forms. Above all, they bring each element together – from form to acousticslighting and landscape – for buildings that work in harmony with their surroundings and their occupiers.

Precise performance, lasting value

Behind the better performance of our building designs, lies Arup’s sophisticated approach to building information modellingbuilding physics and fluid dynamics. Our building designers engage with advanced analysis and research, but always with focused outcomes in mind.

Throughout a building’s life, our facilities management and operations consultants make sure that it continues to work at its best. To poor-performing assets, our building retrofit specialists bring renewal.

Flexible delivery

Arup’s design teams can work together to deliver seamless sustainable building design, lead complex multidisciplinary projects or develop living and working spaces for whole communities.

We can deliver integrated architecture and engineering, or focus any of our specialists on perfecting a single building detail.

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Projects

China Central Television (CCTV) Headquarters.China Central Television (CCTV) Headquarters

CCTV boasts a highly unusual 'three-dimensional cranked loop' shape.