Origamics Digital Folding Strategies


This paper focuses on the impact and possibilities of folding principles from origami for the digital design process in using parametric software to generate integral and adaptive systems within an experimental and intuitive design approach.

Responsive Pattern

Responsive Pattern

This video shows the design, fabrication, and programming of a responsive screening device by GenoMorph that employs origami techniques. The pattern response to light change within the built environment and change shape accordingly.

Bio-Origami Form finding and evaluation


This paper by Daniel Baerlecken, Matthew Swarts, Russell Gentry and Nixon Wonoto, presents a concept of origami as a form-generator for a structural system that allows deployability for structures with large spans.

Prototyping Adaptive Architecture

Adaptive Architecture

In this paper by Binh Vinh Duc Nguyen, Thanonchai Watlom, Chengzhi Peng and Tsung-Hsien Wang, authors present a digital-physical modelling process that seeks to explore tectonic fusion of origami folding patterns and micro-kinetic movements.

Origami Shelter

Origami Shelter

Origami Shelter by Hannah Imlach (birch plywood, ripstop nylon and cotton webbing, 2011) investigates subtle changes in natural light. The sculpture is a portable, foldable space, large enough to fit two adults lying comfortably inside.

Origami Deployable Shelters

Origami Shelters

In this research, authors suggest a methodology for designers to get benefit from origami art in their design, depending on four main sections: literature review, the basics of the geometry, computer programs and methods of fabrication.

Origami Pavilion

Origami Pavilion

As part of Concéntrico 03, architects Manuel Bouzas Cavada, Manuel Bouzas Barcala and Clara Álvarez Garcí designed a temporary exhibition pavilion in the Escuelas Trevijano Plaza, with the objective of “making the unclear, transparent, and the heavy, light.” 


Folded Surfaces

Both in the field of design and architecture origami is often taken as a reference for its kinetic proprieties and its elegant appearance. Dynamic facades, fast deployment structures, temporary shelters, portable furniture, retractile roofs…

Origami Simulation Grasshopper3d Tutorial

Origami Simulation

In this ParaCourse Premium lesson, we are going to model an origami fold from scratch without using any plugins. first, we are going to model the folding in rhino and then convert it into grasshopper parametric folding.

Kinetic Origami Surfaces From Simulation to Fabrication

Kinetic Origami

This article by Filipa Osório, Alexandra Paio and Sancho Oliveira describes the current state of an ongoing research that proposes the use of kinetic Rigid Origami foldable surfaces to be used as roofs for spaces with big spans and the practical contribution that the Design Studio Surfaces INPLAY has brought to it.

Metal Origami

Metal Origami

Metal origami by studiodror utilizes the Industrial Origami folding technology to form solid QuaDror blocks out of metal sheets. This piece manifests QuaDror strength and efficiency with the use of a single sheet of light material folded into singular, high load-bearing assemblies

Triangular Origami Grasshopper3d python

Triangular Origami

This python component can help you fold a triangle by defining the length of the edge and the folding degree. You can check out the python code for more exercise.

Faceted Pendant Lights

Faceted Pendant Lights

Overall this light by Allison Patrick from Zipper8Design measures approximately 12 inches, but what really makes it unique is the construction method.

Paper Folding

Paper Folding

Matthew Shlian works within the increasingly nebulous space between art and engineering. As a paper engineer, Shlian’s work is rooted in print media, book arts, and commercial design.

Fold It Up modular installation

Fold It Up

Fold It Up! by King Kong Design was thought as a modular installation composed of interchangeable elements made from flat sheets of material. Each of the modular elements was folded to shape and joined with paper clips.

CREASE Synchronized Gait Through Folded Geometry


This research by Olga Mesa et al. continues to investigate the link between kinematics and pop-up origami structures in robotics. The objective was to design a robot that exhibited efficient and controlled locomotion minimizing number of motors.

Elastic Energy Behaviours of Curved-crease Origami

Curved-Crease Origami

This thesis by Ting-Uei Lee explored the design of elastically-bent curved-crease origami by developing a set of curved-crease patterns with interaction between material elastic bending energy behaviours and origami developability constraints.

Shading With Folded Surfaces Designing with material, visual and digital considerations

Folded Shadings

This paper by Nancy Yen-wen Cheng describes the design of origami-inspired window shades, part of the Shaping Light project that explores how adjustable surface structures can modulate light levels and heat gain in response to the changing seasons.

An Algorithm of Rigid Foldable Tessellation Origami to Adapt to Free-Form Surfaces

Origami Tessellation

This research by Hong-Cing Tung and Pei-Hsien Hsu is to compile an algorithm for creating origami forms with developability and flat-foldability on the target surface by generating a Miura-ori tessellation from the geometric of the target surface.

Compliant Laminar Assemblies

Laminar Assemblies

This paper by Pamela Dychengbeng Chua and Lee Fu Hui presents an innovative approach to the design and fabrication of three-dimensional objects from single-piece flat sheets, inspired by the origami technique of twist-closing.

Origami kinetic Table

Origami kinetic Table

To design a kinetic table Haeyoung Kim chose origami as a concept. Paper contains fibers and they are entangled with each other which make them possible to stay together without any additional medium.

Rigid foldable Origami structures: parametric modelling with Grasshopper

Rigid Foldable Origami

The purpose of this paper by Giulia Curletto is to provide a guideline to design Origami structures using parametric methodology and to describe drawing and structural analysis steps applied to two specific cases: Waterbomb and Yoshimura Origami.

Origami In Kinetic Architecture

Origami In Kinetic Architecture

This research by Scott Macri creates a useful primer for designing rigid-thick origami structures by simplifying and organizing existing knowledge on rigid-thick origami into a more accessible format for designers and architects.

Parametric Origami Adaptable temporary buildings

Parametric Origami

In this article Heike Matcha and Ante Ljubas employ the possibilities of parametric modeling software and customized mass production machinery to develop a design for adaptable multifunctional temporary medium size buildings made from recyclable lightweight materials and build a prototype from cardboard.

Palmas Origami Vase


Palmas is a vase collection made of concrete, each casted into a hand folded origami mold.  Each pattern consists of 150-250 molecules, according to its height. The origami mold has a one-time use only, once the concrete hardens inside it, the paper is peeled off.

Kirigami Tessellations

Kirigami Tessellations

In this article authors pose and solve the inverse problem of determining the number, size and orientation of cuts that enables the deployment of a closed, compact regular kirigami tessellation to conform approximately to any prescribed target shape in two or three dimensions.

Origami Mechanical Materials

Origami Mechanical Materials

This book contains articles exploring subjects like: origami structures, origami tessellations, modular metamaterials, topological kinematics of origami metamaterials, topological mechanics of origami and kirigami and so on.

Self-Deploying Origami

Self-Deploying Origami

This study by Kazuya Saito, Akira Tsukahara and Yoji Okabe presents a new method for designing self-deploying origami using the geometrically misaligned creases. In this method, some facets are replaced by ‘holes’ such that the systems become a 1-d.f. mechanism.

Performance through Thickfolds

Performance through Thickfolds

Performance through thickfolds by Torsten Sack-Nielsen approaches climate-responsive behaviours through shape, materialisation and kinematics. In this PhD project, folding is investigated phenomenologically, exploratively as well as experimentally, to exploit and document on how climate-responsive performance potentials can be utilised in architecture.

Origami Grasshopper Tutorial

Origami Tutorial

The purpose of this tutorial by Ivo A. Semerdjiev is to create a folding origami skin based on parametric principles. The first step is to make a square grided surface based on one convex and concave curves. Their z-axis planars are aligned and then arrayed.