Kengo Kuma protects Japanese office with carbon fiber threads

komatsu-kengo-kuma-fab-labo-takumi-ota_dezeen_1568_4Architect Kengo Kuma has renovated an office building in Nomi city, Japan, recognized as the world’s first earthquake resistant building strengthened by carbon fiber. Rising at three-storeys, the building called ‘fa-bo’ serves as workspace, exhibition and research facility for Japanese fabric manufacturer Komatsu Seiren. Kuma has developed a hybrid, carbon fiber material called ‘kotmatsu seiren’s cf rod’ which draws influence from the local technique of rope braiding. This fiber rod combines together old and new technologies to create a knitted, light, rope-like rod that embodies strong and flexible properties. The rods created not only make the building look elegant but also act as seismic support. This could open up possibilities for further earthquake reinforcement strategies in architecture as well.

http://www.dezeen.com/2016/04/07/kengo-kuma-komatsu-seiren-textile-showroom-carbon-fibre-threads-earthquake-resistant-japan/

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