Engineers from Japan-based firm Kozo Keikaku Kunkyusho has developed an earthquake-resistant cross-laminated timber (CLT) checkered block wall. The system compromises CLT panels organised in a checkered pattern, steel plates, and drift pins, and it accounts for seismic integrity, passive ventilation and beautiful aesthetics.
The earthquake-resistant CLT system will be used in designing Himawari Kindergarten, or ‘Children’s Garden’, by Kengo Kuma & Associations, in collaboration with Kozo Keikaku Kunkyu.
According to Kozo Keikaku Kunkyu, it is possible to secure the lighting and ventilation and realise a CLT building with beautiful design with the earthquake-resistant CLT system. Together with modular construction strategy, the team hopes to further develop its application as a seismic element for other constructions including those built from steel and reinforced concrete.