Kengo Kuma Uses Carbon Fiber Strandsvisarchiwebsite
Japan-based Komatsu Seiten Fabric Laboratory has created a new thermoplastic carbon fiber composite called CABKOMA Strand Rod. The Strand Rod is a carbon fiber composite which is covered in both synthetic and inorganic fibers and finished with a thermoplastic resin. The material has been used on the exterior of Komatsu Seitenâ€™s head office.
The carbon fiber strands have many advantageous features. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it also is the lightest seismic reinforcement in the world. It has high tensile strength with a â€œdelicate but strong structural body.â€
World renowned architect, Kengo KumaÂ was the first to use this reinforcement material with his design ofKomatsu Seirenâ€™s head office. The use of textiles, along with the carbon fiber composites was also considered, including the â€œâ€™greenbizâ€™ ultrafine porous spongy ceramic base, which is an eco-friendly building material.â€ The completed building is not known as the â€œfa-boâ€ fabric laboratory.
A 160 meter-long roll of CABKOMA Strand Rod weighs only 12kg, and is easily transportable. For comparison, metal wire of the same strength is approximately five times heavier.