Studio Ideas and Inspiration

Origamic Architecture

Posted in studio 1a_2010 by kforget on 15 March 2010

“In the Japanese paperfolding art of origami, cutting the paper is frowned upon. But in 1981, Masahiro Chatani, professor of Architecture at Tokyo Institute of Technology proved that papercutting could indeed produce stunning pieces of art.

Along with his colleague Keiko Nakazawa, Chatani developed Origamic Architecture, a variation of kirigami (itself a variation of origami where cuts were allowed), where you only needed an X-acto knife and a ruler to create complex 3-dimensional structures out of a single sheet of paper.

Origamic Architecture sculptures range from (the relatively simple) geometric patterns to famous buildings’ facades. It’s like 3-D pop-up greeting cards, but much, much more complex. While looking at the examples below, keep this in mind: everything’s done with the simple cuts of the knife.”

Check out some of these designs made by the use of simple cuts – this technique incorporates the material itself (the paper) AND the space around/within/between it! (Something we’ve noticed throughout several concepts throughout the term.)

"Rat" by Keiko Nakazawa

by Masahiro Chatani

By Ingrid Siliakus, based on "Escher’s Cycle"

By Willem

"Diagonal Steps" by Gerry Stormer



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  1. tnsquared said, on 15 March 2010 at 6:51 PM

    i want to make these!

  2. amy wong said, on 5 February 2011 at 3:07 PM

    i want make the “Rat” by Keiko Nakazawa

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