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Posted by  Chris Grayson on October 02, 2003 at 12:31:14:

In Reply to:  Re: origami concept architecture posted by Justin Hui on October 02, 2003 at 02:05:47:


Diller + Scofidio won the EyeBeam competition for the New York New-Media Museum which is based upon a ribbon like concept of folding volumes. See it here:

Their other work is worth having a look at for this theme as well, though right now their own web site seems to be off line.

An architect named Lonn Combs is a professor in the undergraduate architecture program at Pratt. His studio project for residential house design is derived entirely from cut and folded forms (though his students don't use paper, but a very thin birch-wood veneer). I never had him as a professor, but I did have him for critique. His studio was adjacent to mine for two semesters and I would occasionally sit in on his lectures or eves-drop from over the partition. He's a bit intense, but an otherwise approachable guy. If that sounds of interest to you, perhaps you could contact him and see if he can offer any advice or guidance. His e-mail is listed on the faculty page of the architecture department at Pratt:,Chair,Fac,Staff&-op=cn&School=Architecture&-skip=25&-find
(It may also be worth noting that Lonn was employed for about 8 years by Libeskind before venture out on his own.)

Frank O. Gehry's work has certainly been influenced by folded paper forms. All his shiny stainless steel structures begin as paper models.

Rather than look at origami in architecture, to inspire your architecture, why not go to the source and further research origami and let it lead your architecture where it takes you, if origami influence is what you really want.

You might also want to explore KIRIGAMI.

I also invite you to participate in my online architecture and design forum at:


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