Paper folding Pavilion

The Concept

Starting with basic folding and cutting paper, I tried to find the essential connection among paper, origami and geometry. I cut and folded hundreds of origami models. The idea just came from a single moment of patient work. I found one shape inspired me.

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Origami Related Designs

  1. Folds by Richard Sweeney
  2. Paper shoes by Naoto Fukasawa
  3. Stool based on paper shopping bags by Gitta Gshwendtner
  4. Film “Between the Folds” by Vanessa Gould
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Initial Exploration

The photos below are the initial sketch models I made. From there, I found there are thousands of amazing shapes and geometries can be created by folding and creasing. Many of them can be applied to design. Some of them moved me and led me to a certain design.

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What can we do with just one fold?

In the film “Between the Folds”, Paul Jackson found that thousands of different forms can be created from one single fold. It is beautiful and attractive. When I finished a couple of sketch models, I went back and looked at them. One of them is quiet inspiring. It was folded by a square piece of paper once, then pressed two points and bend it back. It became this interesting shape that stands by itself. l think that could be a perfect pavilion.



The One Fold

With one fold, you can create shapes that are complicated and interesting. It is just one fold; you don’t need to have a very strong understanding of origami technique to be able to make something beautiful, significant and interesting.

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Concept Development


Form Realization

I reproduced that origami shape by using different materials from paper to aluminum in order to structure the model. Each material showed a unique aesthetic of the object.

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Paper Model

I used a 1/4″ thick, 24″ x 24″ size paper to mold the form.

Aluminum Model

I folded a piece of aluminum as I did the paper and used a screw to reinforce it.

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Structured Model

I used a digital pointer to measure the relevant points on the surface and transferred the position data from paper model to computer.

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To a large degree, the design is based on understanding and establishing systems. Yet the essential essence of this design comes from feeling and insight.


Atmosphere Exploration

The pavilion can be placed in public parks. The pavilion can serve as a sculpture, architecture, and also as a public place that people can rest and enjoy the sunshine.

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  • Peter Barnes

    Hello, Mr. Yang. My name is Peter Barnes. I have landed on your site a couple times now because of your paper folding art. That is almost the only art I am able to do. If you want to make sure that I am a real person, feel free to check my flickr site at https://www.flickr.com/photos/113668872@N02/

    I don’t know if you work with paper any longer, but if you do (and if you still live in New York) I have a recommendation for you. From April 17 to 19 there will be a pop-up gallery staged at Hawkeye Crates in Brooklyn. Three British artists will be exhibiting, including Richard Sweeney. If you have not heard of him, google his name and click on “images”. I love all kinds of folding art, but I have never seen anything like his. And I still won’t see it because I live in California. I only mention it to you because these artists are not very good at self-promotion. I only stumbled on the news of the gallery by accident via Kickstarter (which was successful).

    Sorry to intrude, but I just thought you should at least have the opportunity.

    • yang140

      Hey Peter, Thanks for the recommendation. There are lots of great works in your flickr, loved them. I am actually not doing paper art. but working on Mobile product design based in Beijing now.