This Newly Designed Japanese Infrastructure Uses Rods to Withstand Shaking

By: Misel Saban - Apr 28, 2016
References: & fastcoexist
Architect Kengo Kuma has put together an infrastructure design for buildings in Japan to help them withstand earthquakes with a series of carbon fibre rods that surround the space and render the structure quake-proof. This is ideal for the location, since Japan has recently been undergoing a strong and constant stream of tremors.

The building features an exterior shell made from carbon fibre rods that are fastened diagonally to the ground as reinforcement. The rods are strong but simultaneously lightweight and flexible allowing them to absorb shakes form the ground. This allows the rods to keep the building in place if the earth begins to shake unexpectedly, and keep the infrastructure standing. While the rods act as a support system during earthquakes, they also add a contemporary and modular design to the building.