Origami Art Meets New Architectural Design

Origami, the ancient art of Japan, is a creative method of folding paper to develop beautiful shapes and shapes. After being popularized outside of Japan in the mid-1900s, it became a modern art form, inspiring artists from all over the world and many areas of art, including architecture. Attempts at Architectural Design based on the concept of origami designs range from residential buildings to hotels, recreation centers, offices, etc., especially now that origami has become a trend in contemporary architecture. In support of this idea, here are 15 awesome buildings from around the world that perfectly combine the art of origami and that of architecture and design.

Tiroler Festspiele Festival Hall-Erl, Austria

This angular black concert hall was designed by Delugan Meissl Architectes associés after winning a competition for the design of the project in 2007. The new Festival Hall was supposed to contrast with the curved white Performance Hall he accompanies in Erl, Austria, but its shape and positioning are also linked to the impressive landscape defined by the rock formations at the back, and the presence of its historic counterpart next door.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art-Tel Aviv, Israel

Located in the center of the city’s cultural complex, the Amir construction program of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art posed the architectural challenge of resolving the tension between the narrow triangular site and the museum’s need for a series of large neutral rectangular galleries. The solution: subtly twisting the geometric surfaces that connect the disparate corners between the galleries and the context, while refracting the natural light in the recesses of the half-buried building. Designed by Preston Scott Cohen, Inc., the Amir building of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art won first prize in the Herta and Paul Amir International Competition.

Nestlé Chocolate Museum-Mexico City, Mexico

The concept that Rojkind Arquitectos used to design the building started with a playful folding shape that evokes for children, an origami-shaped bird, or perhaps a spaceship. What looks like a whimsical shape is the result of diligent explorations of design and an intuition about what the place should express. The spectacular result is as solid as the faceted shapes that support it.

Panteón Nube-Murcia, Spain

The Pantheon, located in Murcia, Spain, and built by the Clavel Arquitectos studio is a modern Tomb, which has an asymmetrical design and ambient light through the onyx stone. The Tomb of the Pantheon is located in a faceted shell, which is revealed when the doors are opened in rotation. However, the zigzag doors 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 secret surrounding pass away.

Klein Bottle House-Rye, VIC, Australia

Designed by McBride Charles Ryan, this holiday home is set in heavily forested sand dunes directly behind Rye 16th Beach on the Mornington Peninsula, just two hours from Melbourne. The building is based on the idea of the Origami version of the Klein bottle that perfectly fit the constraints of the site. The result is a unique and spectacular shape. Largely framed in steel and coated with cement and sheet metal, non-flammable and lightweight, these materials comply with stringent fire-resistant coatings.

Park Pavilion-Cuenca, Spain

Designed by Moneo Brock Studio, this enclosed pavilion and surrounding park are located on 35 acres of land bordered by the Júcar and Moscas rivers and the historic Spanish city of Cuenca. This steel and glass pavilion consists of 23 pentagonal modules that together form a structural network and focuses on the relationship between the natural beauty of the landscape and the adjacent urban fabric.

Karuizawa Museum Complex-Nagano, Japan

The Tokyo architectural firm yasui hideo atelier designed the Karuizawa museum complex in Nagano-Ken, Japan, seeking to achieve a visual contrast with the curvilinear installation by drawing inspiration from the traditional craft of origami. The single-storey building is low on the ground and has a series of folds and folds in its general form. The faceted surface creates its own topography, alluding to the hilly peaks of the surrounding Yatsugatake mountain, while the triangular windows grouped around the southern facade provide a level of transparency to balance the solid nature of the titanium exterior.

Embedded Project-Shanghai, China

This temporary and interactive installation designed by HHD_FUN was based on the concept of “complex systems” that can observe, perceive and investigate our living world, our society and our biology. Leaving the traditional architectural design methodology and using this computational algorithm, artists (architects) are trying to challenge the traditional top-down design method. The connection of the logic of the algorithm and the execution process with the body architecture can give unexpected results. To visualize these results, the generated digital data is integrated into Google Earth projections.

Center for renewable energy technologies-Ningbo, China

The University of Nottingham has opened a new campus in Ningbo, China: the Center for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET). The building was designed by Mario Cucinella Architects to minimize the impact on the environment by promoting energy efficiency, generating its own energy from renewable sources, storing rainwater and reusing greywater where necessary. It is expected that this building will not need conventional heating or cooling systems and that the remaining energy needs will be met by renewable sources. The building is designed as a beacon, visible from the entire campus. The tower wrapped in printed glass rotates and disfigures like a Chinese Lantern creating many different facades and an even skin that will shine during the day, while at night some fully glazed panels will become transparent.

Origami House-Barcelona, Spain 

This awesome house in Barcelona, Spain, called the AA House was designed by OAB inspired by the geometry and simple design of Japanese origami styles. The roofs and pavilions are so sharp and oriented in different directions. This house is also completely painted in white tones, which creates spacious illusions for the appearance of the House.

Chapel for the deaconesses of Saint-Loup-St-Loup hospital, Switzerland

In 2007, Localarchitect and architect Danilo Mondada won the contract for the renovation of the Mother House of the Deaconess community of St-Loup. Built directly on the ground, the new chapel fits subtly and subtly into the landscape. Interpreting the traditional layout of Protestant churches, the design creates a space whose horizontal and vertical dimensions vary via a series of origami folds, which punctuate the interior and exterior of the building.

Southend-On-Sea-Lisbon, Portugal

The Lisbon Orient train station, one of the main transport hubs in Lisbon, Portugal, and one of the largest train stations in the world, was built for the Expo ’98 World’s fair in Parque das Nações, where it is located. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, known for his drawings often rooted in natural patterns and shapes, especially marine life and birds, the station is very similar to such shapes, as is the architect Allen Lambert Gallery located in Brookfield Place in Toronto.

Barclays Head Office-Paris, France

Much of the design of this building was influenced by the unusual location of the site (on a strip of 20 meters wide on the Avenue, and an extension at the rear, between two inner gardens), which led the architects of Manuelle Gautrand Architecture to develop a project that would embrace and take advantage of the views and immerse themselves in natural light. An emblematic showcase of the building — the main facade is made mainly of glass, partially covered with a second side-screened marble skin. The effect shown is a beautiful origami, and the view of this subtly folded marble can be appreciated both from the outside and from the inside of the building.

Southend-On-Sea-Los Angeles, United States

The Helios House is a gas station in Los Angeles, which became a landmark of the city shortly after its construction in 2007. Designed by Office dA in Boston and Johnston Marklee Architects in Los Angeles with the aim of reinventing the standard design of gas stations, it also has special green features: the roof, which tolerates drought and collects water from irrigation, is formed from recycled stainless steel triangles and contains cacti and 90 solar panels, which reduces the energy consumption of the station by 16%.

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