Semester 1,2, Allied


Origami, from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper” is the art of paper folding. Today, the word ‘Origami’ is used as an inclusive term for all folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin. The goal is to transform a flat square sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques.
Origami as a folding techniquecan be used during the conceptual design stage in architecture. It allows to derive approaches which use repetitive modules, to develop large-scale building components, modularfacadesetc. In this exercise the idea was to explore the art of paper folding by giving it a new dimension of imagining spaces in it.


Prof. Leena Barve


The elective comprised of different small exercises including –
  1. Pleat folding – A process in which zigzag arrows are developed with alternate valley fold lines and mountain fold lines.
  2. Decorative Kusudama are made by using folded paper origami units glued together. It can be used as an ornament in the households of the common people or as a plaything for children.
  3. Spiral folding process includes zigzag triangles folded from one end to the other. It gives a sense of movement when one end is suspended and exposed to wind.
  4. Hyperbolic parabola is also called a ‘saddle’ or ‘saddle surface’. It is formed by folding concentric squares with alternate valley and mountain folds. This process fabricates three-dimensional structures from 2D sheets.
  5. Origami Brick wall is an example of an iso-area tessellation: the front and back display the same pattern. In this design, the pattern is rotated 90° between the two sides. Also, it shows a different designed pattern when exposed to artificial light.
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