Wood and flexibility

3 February 2022 Fukushima

What helps in stormy times? Wood and flexibility.
The church of Hara Mura near Fukushima, Japan is more than just a symbol here. The earthquake region places the highest technical demands on buildings. And a conscious decision was made to use Holz100 architecture, which is designed to withstand typhoons with speeds of up to 200 km per hour. Because while concrete is irrevocably damaged as soon as it reaches the breaking point, wood bends. It enters the elastic phase and then returns to its original shape. Perhaps the saying should be modified somewhat: “The wiser building material yields.”

 

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