Carbon Fibre Entwined With Bamboo -The Material of the Future | Kengo Kuma

Carbon Fibre Entwined With Bamboo

Can the combination of Carbon Fibre with Bamboo help create strong, earthquake-proof architecture? Japanese architect Kengo Kuma thought so and shared the same while designing this unusual structure for London Design Festival. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) looks deeper into the effectiveness of the bond of the duo -bamboo and Carbon Fibre- to restrict natural diasasters. 

Kengo kuma carbon fibre with bamboo

The architect weaved two materials- Bamboo and Carbon fibre to build this unique structure, which is known as Bamboo Ring. According to the architect, both of these materials can be used together to make buildings that are more resistant to natural disasters like Tsunami or Earthquake.

carbon fibre entwined with bamboo-- kengo kuma

The Bamboo Ring shows how carbon fiber and bamboo can be knitted together to build extremely sturdy, self-sustaining structures. Kuma said, "We bend the bamboo first and then glue carbon fibre on behind to make it rigid. Then we transport the rings from Japan to here and we weave them in a diagonal way."

carbon fibre entwined with bamboo-- kengo kuma

According to the architect, both of these materials are light, and wood is not alone self-sufficient to resist earthquake but combining it with the carbon fibers will give the formation a new kind of strength.  

carbon fibre entwined with bamboo-- kengo kuma

Kuma created this Bamboo Ring in his laboratory at The University of Tokyo in collaboration with Ejiri Structural Engineers. The design team explained that if you the structure will naturally deform if you pull both ends at the same time.

kengo kuma- carbon fibre and bamboo

Clare Farrow curated the design, and the creation was nicely installed in the John Madejski Garden at the V&A.

This is one of the amazing creations of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma that looks a like a giant cocoon raising up on one side to form an arch.

Kengo Kuma has recently used 20,000 granite pieces to create the Kadokawa Culture Museum in Japan. It has recently opened for public.

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