Origamic Architecture

Origami Architecture is the combination of two ancient Japanese art forms:

Origami – the art of folding paper

Kirigami – the art of cutting paper

Each origamic architecture pop-up uses only a single piece of paper, and is constructed by only cutting and folding without the need for gluing. A “valid” origamic architecture pop-up must be stable and foldable. This means the structure must not only pop up when opened, but also fold completely flat when closed, and all this would require only holding and moving the outermost area on each half of the paper.

Origamic Architecture is an intriguing type of paper pop-ups developed by Masahiro Chatani in the early 1980s. From its development until his death in 2008, he was widely acknowledged to be the world’s foremost origamic architect.