The Reinforced Face of the Bund
The Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Building
The Kobe Bund (seafront road) was a familiar scene in prewar Japan. This structure, built in 1922, conveys the splendor of yesteryear while remaining functional today. Though the building survived a massive earthquake in 1995, highly resilient seismic reinforcements were installed behind the unchanging facade in 2012 to ensure that the structure endures for many years in the future. The building perfectly integrates a visual appearance that rivals its European counterparts, and structural features that are necessary to deal with the uniquely Japanese problem of earthquakes.