Here is a quick model we made for an internal project, showing a proposed structure for a public space, made out of a folded structure. The model itself is made from a piece of letter-sized paper that we took from our printer’s recycle bin, a foam core base, and hot glue.
The fold pattern makes only triangular surfaces. When the feet of the structure are glued to the base, the triangulation is complete, and the surfaces are remarkably rigid. No printouts or fancy guidelines were needed; we just started folding and experimenting with various configurations until it behaved appropriately.
This combination of architecture and origami has been around for a long time, but the possibilities of what can be made are practically endless. And because the form can be created from a single flat piece of material, fabrication, transportation, construction, and reusability are all benefited.
We’re also thinking of a few different applications for this approach, including dynamic structures, robotics, and sustainable product lifecycles.