Folding Architecture: Top 10 Origami-Inspired Buildings

Architects love origami because it achieves what buildings rarely do: frame space through extreme economy of means. Origami artists can produce a panoply of shapes and forms using only a single sheet of paper. Their constructions are inherently structural and can even be engineered to bend, contract, and expand—things that buildings can’t do either.

Festival Hall of the Tiroler Festspiele Erl
Erl, Austria
Designed by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
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Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Tel Aviv, Israel
Designed by Preston Scott Cohen, Inc
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Photo: Paúl Rivera

Nestlé Chocolate Museum
Mexico City, Mexico
Designed by Rojkind Arquitectos

Panteón Nube
Murcia, Spain
Designed by Clavel Arquitectos
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Photo: John Gollings

Klein Bottle House
Rye, Victoria, Australia
Designed by McBride Charles Ryan
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Photo: Ake Lindman

Park Pavilion
Cuenca, Spain
Designed by Moneo Brock Studio
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Karuizawa Museum Complex
Nagano, Japan
Designed by Yasui Hideo Atelier
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Embedded Project
Shanghai, China
Designed by HHD_FUN
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Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies
Ningbo, China
Designed by Mario Cucinella Architects
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Bonus

Origami House
Barcelona, Spain
Designed by OAB Carlos Ferrater