CONSTRUCTION

A building entirely made of carbon-fiber reinforced concrete

This is the CUBE, a 2,200-sf, two-story building on the premises of Technical University Dresden in Germany

The world’s first building made entirely of carbon-fiber reinforced concrete, according to Building Design & Construction, is the CUBE, a 2,200-sf, two-story building on the premises of Technical University Dresden in Germany.

This is a 5 million Euro project, delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak and scheduled for completion next spring. It consists of two parts: a precast “box”; and the “twist,” a double-curved roof that the lighter-weight and bendable composite facilitates. This university building—with classroom, lab, and presentation spaces, and a small kitchen—will be distinguished by its 24-meter length of seamless concrete.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research provided the financing for this demonstration project, which is also known locally as Carbonhaus.

The carbon fiber being used for CUBE is produced from petroleum-based polyacrylonitrile, or PAN. It can also be made from lignin, an organic polymer derived from waste material in paper production.

 

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