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Modular Origami — Modular Tessellations

This page presents models which incorporate tessellations and are made from more than one sheet of paper. This includes tessellations used as modular units as well as tessellations combined with more traditional modular origami units. Modulars based on simple units which create repeating patterns that can be extended indefinitely also belong here.

Models folded and photographed by Michał Kosmulski. Modules and tessellations designed by their respective authors.
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Hydrangea Cube — modular origami based on Hydrangea tessellation

Hydrangea Cube

I came up with this design independently, then found out Meenakshi Mukerji had published it in her book before. Four largest petals of the Hydrangea are folded back to form pockets and tabs which allow the individual tessellations to be connected. The link is quite strong which makes the model very stable.

Unit based on Hydrangea Tessellation by Shuzo Fujimoto (6 units). Modification and connection method designed independently by Meenakshi Mukerji and Michał Kosmulski.

Square Weave Cube — modular origami based on Square Weave tessellation

Square Weave Cube

Compare with the Woven cube for a similar effect achieved using four units for each face.

Unit based on Square Weave Tessellation, authorship disputed, may have been first published by Shuzo Fujimoto (6 units). Modification and connection method by Michał Kosmulski.

Clover Cube — modular origami based on Clover Tessellation and Building Block Units (BBU)

Clover Cube

Made from Michał Kosmulski's BBU (Building Block Unit) (12 modules: 6 × D10 variant, 6 × A1) and Shuzo Fujimoto's Clover Tessellation (6 pieces), 18 units total.

Knobby Cube — modular origami based on Clover Tessellation and Building Block Units (BBU)

Knobby Cube

Made from Michał Kosmulski's BBU (Building Block Unit) (12 modules: 6 × D4, 6 × A1) and partially folded Shuzo Fujimoto's Clover Tessellation (6 pieces), 18 units total.

Honeycomb - Building Block Unit (BBU)

Hexagonal honeycomb (7 cells)

This structure can be extended indefinitely to fill the plane with a hexagonal pattern. By adding more layers it can also be expanded up and down.

Made from Michał Kosmulski's BBU (Building Block Unit) (78 modules: 60 × C1, 18 × A4).

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