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Kengo Kuma wraps the facade of Komatsu Seiren Fabric laboratory with carbon fiber in Japan

Japan Architecture News - Apr 06, 2016 - 15:40   14412 views

Kengo Kuma wraps the facade of Komatsu Seiren Fabric laboratory with carbon fiber in Japan

Kengo Kuma and Associates renovates an office building with a rigid-frame RC structure to strengthen its quake resistance using carbon fiber, and transforms the interior into a museum called 'Fab Labo'. Komatsu Seiren Fabric laboratory fa-bo is a space to display the technology of Komatsu Seiren, the client company.

Drawing from a technique of braiding ropes in this region, it became possible to add further flexibility to the carbon fiber. The project presents a tasseled view focusing on specific materiality with the new facade design. For Fab Labo, it is not just a simple cover coat for the buildings, it is also an investigation of new materials how they should be implemented in case of environmental conditions. 

Kengo Kuma wraps the facade of Komatsu Seiren Fabric laboratory with carbon fiber in Japan

image © Takumi Ota

The fiber rod is said to be ten times stronger than iron, and this is the very first time that this material was used as a means of reinforcement against earthquakes. The potential of this light and soft fiber is explored inside the building as well. There is a lighting duct in fiber and on the rooftop, an experimental greening is being conducted using porous ceramic panels (called Greenbiz), which was generated from the process of producing fiber.

Kengo Kuma wraps the facade of Komatsu Seiren Fabric laboratory with carbon fiber in Japan

image © Takumi Ota

Kengo Kuma wraps the facade of Komatsu Seiren Fabric laboratory with carbon fiber in Japan

image © Takumi Ota

Kengo Kuma wraps the facade of Komatsu Seiren Fabric laboratory with carbon fiber in Japan

image © Takumi Ota

Kengo Kuma wraps the facade of Komatsu Seiren Fabric laboratory with carbon fiber in Japan

image © Shinkenchiku

Kengo Kuma wraps the facade of Komatsu Seiren Fabric laboratory with carbon fiber in Japan

image ©Kengo Kuma and Associates

Kengo Kuma wraps the facade of Komatsu Seiren Fabric laboratory with carbon fiber in Japan

image ©Kengo Kuma and Associates

Kengo Kuma wraps the facade of Komatsu Seiren Fabric laboratory with carbon fiber in Japan

image ©Kengo Kuma and Associates

Project Facts

Location: Ishikawa, Japan
Date: 2013.8-2015.11
Service: Office, Exhibition space
Area: 2,873.42m2 

Top Image © Takumi Ota

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