Foldfinding – Origami pavilion

Investigating the structural and aesthetic values of Origami has already inspired architects for a long time; Tal Friedman is one of them. His fully self-supported cantilever folded structure which uses traditional Japanese paper folding techniques in the scope of an architectural form was defined in his master thesis as the first of its kind. A Pavilion modeled with zero thickness to define elements of Origami folding and implement them on an architectural scale was what the architect had in mind.

Courtesy of Tal Friedman - Photography Jenny Stratonowitsch

Courtesy of Tal Friedman – Photography Jenny Stratonowitsch

Tal Friedman is an architect and artist who claims that dealing with different aspects of design with a special interest on parametric modeling and algorithms for construction rationalization with focus on achieving formal diversity and flexibility using optimized geometry for fabrication.

Courtesy of Tal Friedman - Photography Jenny Stratonowitsch

Courtesy of Tal Friedman – Photography Jenny Stratonowitsch

Courtesy of Tal Friedman - Photography Jenny Stratonowitsch

Courtesy of Tal Friedman – Photography Jenny Stratonowitsch

Using the idea of Japanese paper folding techniques, this minimalist thin shell pavilion reflects the Japanese culture’s Torri, a gate structure mainly in Shinto; which symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred.

Courtesy of Tal Friedman - Photography Jenny Stratonowitsch

Courtesy of Tal Friedman – Photography Jenny Stratonowitsch

By using written Algorithms in order to calculate and optimize the structure for various fabrication restraints, they made it to approximate the growth of a flower which demonstrates an efficient thin shell self-supporting mechanism

Courtesy of Tal Friedman - Photography Jenny Stratonowitsch

Courtesy of Tal Friedman – Photography Jenny Stratonowitsch

Each flower is made for four unique sections which are folded into position whilst each folded peace contains around 12 to 20 inter connected surfaces as this technique saves fabrication time and building tolerance

The project is made to resemble Origami not only in its structural and aesthetically values but also in its fabrication method, which is actually folding the sheets rather than individual panels as is being done today in architecture. — The team stated

Courtesy of Tal Friedman - Photography Jenny Stratonowitsch

Courtesy of Tal Friedman – Photography Jenny Stratonowitsch

Courtesy of Tal Friedman - Photography Jenny Stratonowitsch

Courtesy of Tal Friedman – Photography Jenny Stratonowitsch

A proof of concept model concluding that folded structures can be fabricated to full scale while maintaining a self-supported stiffness and stability, also reduces need for supporting structural systems and leads way to a new kind of true thin shell light weight structures made from just one material .

By : Khalid Saeed

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