Attempts to make architectural designs based on the origami design concept range from residential buildings to hotels, entertainment centers, offices, etc., especially now that origami has become a trend in contemporary architecture. In support of this idea, here you can see our selection of amazing buildings from around the world that splendidly combine the art of origami, architecture, and design.
Origami in architecture
Designed by the Moneo Brock studio, this enclosed pavilion, and surrounding park was bordered by the Júcar and Moscas rivers, and the historic Spanish city of Cuenca. Composed of 23 pentagonal modules that together form a structural network, this steel and glass pavilion tackles the relationship between the natural beauty of the landscape and the adjacent urban fabric.
Much of the design of this building was influenced by the unusual location of the site (a strip of 20 meters wide in the avenue, and an extension in the back, between two gardens of the patio), which led to the architects of Manuelle Gautrand Architecture to develop a project that embraces and takes advantage of the view, and that can be immersed in natural light. The effect is a massive origami, and the view of this delicately folded marble can be enjoyed both from the outside and inside the building.
The striking exterior glass of this building of the Bilbao Health Department is how Coll-Barreau Architects’ designers responded to the city’s restrictive building code that requires staggered setbacks for all multi-story buildings. Along with its main streets. The result was this striking hybrid that drives the energy efficiency of the structure, in addition to making it stand out on the boulevard. This design also comes with two important practical advantages: the noise of the avenue is significant to reduce, and the radiation reduced thanks to a breathable wall system.
Nottingham University has opened a new campus in Ningbo, China: The Center for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET). By Mario Cucinella Architects to minimize their environmental impact by promoting energy efficiency, generating their energy from renewable sources, storing rainwater and reusing water when appropriate.This building is not intended to require conventional heating or cooling systems, and the residual energy requirements will be covered by renewable sources. The building is conceived as a beacon, which is visible from all over campus.The tower wrapped in printed glass twists and distorts like a Chinese lantern creating many different facades and a skin uniform that will flash by day, while per night the fully glazed panels will become transparent.
This temporary and interactive installation designed by HHD_FUN was based on the concept of” complex systems “that can observe, perceive and investigate our world (architects) try to challenge the traditional method.Connecting the logic of the algorithm and its execution process with the physical architecture can generate results unexpected.
Lisbon Oriente Station, one of the main transport hubs of Lisbon, Portugal and one of the largest stations of the world, was built for the Expo’98 world fair in Parque das Nações, where it is located. Designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, known for designs that are often rooted in natural patterns and forms, in particular, marine life and the birds, the station has a considerable resemblance to such forms.
Helios House is a gas station in Los Angeles, which shortly after its construction in 2007 became a landmark of the city. Designed by Office dA in Boston and Johnston Marklee Architects in Los Angeles for the purpose of reinventing the standard design of the gas station, also comes with special green features: the roof, which is shock tolerant and collects irrigation water, consists of triangles made from recycled stainless steel and contains cactus and 90 solar panels, reducing the power consumption of the station by 16%.
The Karuizawa Museum Complex in Nagano-Ken, Japan, sought to achieve a visual contrast of the curvilinear installation by drawing the traditional origami handicraft. The single level building has a series of folds in its general shape. The faceted surface creates its topography, referring to the rolling peaks of the surrounding Yatsugatake mountain, while the triangular windows grouped around the southern façade provide transparency to balance the solid nature of the titanium exterior.
Designed by McBride Charles Ryan, this vacation home is nestled in the heavily wooded sand dunes directly behind 16 Beach in Rye on the Mornington Peninsula, just two hours from Melbourne. The building is based on the idea of the origami version of the Klein bottle which was the perfect fit to the site restrictions. The result is a unique and spectacular shape.
The concept used by Rojkind Architects to design this building began from a playful folding form that is evocative for children, from a bird in the form of origami, or perhaps a spaceship. What might seem a capricious form is the fruit of diligent design explorations and intuition about what the place should express. The spectacular result is as firm as the faceted shapes that support it.
This angular concert hall was designed by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects after winning a contest for project design in 2007. Its shape and positioning are also related to the stunning landscape defined by rock formations in the back.
This amazing house in Barcelona, Spain, called the AA House had been designed by OAB deriving its inspiration from the geometry and simple design of Japanese origami styles. Ceilings and pavilions are made to look in different directions. This house is also painted completely in white shades making some spacious illusions.
The local architecture and the architect Danilo Mondada were awarded in 2007 the contract for the renovation of this chapel in the diaconal community of St-Loup. Built directly on the ground, the new chapel mixes subtly and delicately with the landscape. Interpreting the traditional layout of Protestant churches, the design creates a space whose horizontal and vertical dimensions vary through a series of origami folds, which give rhythm to the interior and exterior of the building.
The Cloud Pantheon located in Murcia, Spain and built by the Clavel Arquitectos studio is a modern tomb, which features an asymmetrical design and an ambient light provided by the onyx stone. The tomb of Pantheon Cloud is contained within a faceted shell, which is revealed when the doors open by turning. However, the zigzag gates of this mausoleum can only be opened in a specific order that only the owner knows. In doing so, the architects wanted to refer to the mystery surrounding death.
Located in the center of the city’s cultural complex, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art program, raised the architectural challenge of resolving the tension between the narrow and triangular site and the museum’s need for a series of large rectangular neutral galleries.The solution was to subtly twist the geometric surfaces that connect the disparate angles between the galleries and the context while there is the refraction of natural light in the recesses of the half buried building.