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.