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Structural Folding

Origami is a beautiful example of a folded system. Through a simple, linear procedure of folding, a shape emerges. The logic of origami is highly resolute, and only careful study of the underlying principles allows the designer to develop his / her own paper sculptures. These paper sculptures have a lot in common with larger scale material systems.

The fact that a single sheet of flat material can be transformed into a 3-dimensional object is fascinating from a designer’s perspective. The structural enhancement of a plane through inserting structural folds is an inherent potential of this technique. The location, direction and shape of the creases and the orders in which they are processed determine the result. In natural systems, these - mostly curved - creases appear at various scales, but they can be easily observed on leaves and plants.

By exploring physical models and various crease patterns, we have developed a catalogue of thin shells that can be fabricated from flat sheet material such as steel. Through this study we aim to foster our expertise in the interaction of structure, form and material, thereby informing our design decisions towards an integrated understanding of architecture

Sophia Vyzoviti (2010), Folding Architecture: Spatial Structural and Organizational Diagrams, Ansgar Oswald (2011),  Handbuch und Planungshilfe: Modellbau für Architekten Formfindung: von biomorph bis technoform, Arch+ Verlag GmbH Paul Jackson Folding Techniques for Designers