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Kengo Kuma anchors an earthquake-resistant building with carbon-fiber threads

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Apr 20, 2016 01:06 AM
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by Lucy Wang last modified Apr 19, 2016

Formerly a nondescript boxy building, the 2,874-square-meter Komatsu Seiren Fabric laboratory fa-bo now draws the eye with its turfed roof and sculptural facade. The carbon-fiber strands, created by the client company, are made up of a thermoplastic carbon fiber composite called CABKOMA Strand Rod that’s considered the lightest seismic reinforcement in the world. The material’s high tensile strength and flexibility makes the rods “ten times stronger than iron,” write the architects. “This...






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