As Mexico recovers from the devastating effects of its recent earthquake, The Malay Mail has reported on a Japanese innovation that looks to add protective functionality to buildings while introducing an aesthetically pleasing, sleek design motif.

With Japan located directly on a fault line, its architects and designers are at the forefront of pushing the envelope of protective infrastructure, and the aim of this collaborative project between textile company Komatsu Seiren and Tokyo-based architectural design firm Kengo Kuma is to protect one of the country’s oldest buildings, the Zenkoji Temple in Nagano.

Click here to see a video of how Komatsu has created iron-strength, flexible rods from thermoplastic carbon fibre, a mere 10 percent of the weight of their metal equivalents. Their installation will fuse the latest design innovation with the ancient temple, protecting the landmark for generations to come.

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