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April 06, 2016

World’s First Earthquake Proof Building

Kengo Kuma, famous Japanese architect, protects Japanese office building with carbon fiber curtain. He has renovated an office building in Nomi City which is recognized as the first earthquake resistant building. It is strengthened by carbon fibre beams as seen in the picture below:

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The influence of Kuma’s design is the idea of braiding rope, so that it forms a strong and flexible rod-like structure. The idea is to have separate rods so that from afar it’s a sheer cloak.

Kuma is an expert at transforming the ordinary into something functional yet visually beautifully.

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Kengo Kuma is also coming to Vancouver to give a presentation at the Chan Centre. He will be at UBC April 12th 2016 to discuss Westbank and Peterson’s Alberni project.

For the full article please visit Design Boom

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