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Modular Origami — Architecture and Landscapes

Models folded and photographed by Michał Kosmulski. Modules designed by their respective authors.
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Trilithon I (megalithic structure from Stonehenge)

Trilithon I

An origami Trilithon based on those found at Stonehenge. Folded from a single sheet of Tant paper (2:1 aspect ratio).

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Celtic Cross (standing cross) v. 1.1

Celtic Cross v. 1.1

An improved version of my Celtic Cross. Based on standing crosses found throughout the British Isles.

This new version is much more stable and less likely to topple than the old one. It also looks nice both from the front and from the back. Generally speaking, it is similar to two copies of v. 1.0 put back-to-back, and therefore requires a longer strip of paper (an A4 sheet cut in half lengthwise and glued by the short ends was used for this fold).

The central part of the cross can be tessellated.

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Celtic Cross (standing cross)

Celtic Cross

This free-standing cross was inspired by high crosses — stone monuments erected throughout the Middle Ages in Ireland and Britain.

The central part of the cross where the two beams meet can be used as a tessellation molecule (8×8 grid).

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Dog House for Yara Yagi’s dachshund - Building Block Unit (BBU)

Doghouse for Yara Yagi’s dachshund

I like Yara Yagi’s dachshund very much so I thought a nice dog like this deserved a matching doghouse. The dog is folded from duo-color Washi paper, the shed from copy paper (a square about ⅓ larger than for the dog is needed).

Dog house is made from a single sheet of paper, designed by Michał Kosmulski.
The dog is Dachshund (Perro Salchicha ), designed by Yara Yagi (also a single-sheet model).

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BBU Dog House (Building Block Unit (BBU)) and Business Card Puppy

BBU doghouse and Business Card Puppy

Dog house designed by me using several modified variants of Building Block Units. All units (3 for the roof and 13 for the walls and entrance) made from same-sized squares.

The dog sitting in front of the doghouse is Business Card Puppy, designed by Larry Stevens (diagrams in Origami USA Annual Collection 2002).

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Cottage - Building Block Unit (BBU)

Cottage

A very simple building without many details.

Made from Michał Kosmulski's BBU (Building Block Unit) (24 modules: 12 × A1, 6 × A2, 3 × D5, 2 × Q4, 1 × P5).

Mansion — Building Block Unit (BBU)

Mansion

An origami mansion, folded using several variants of my Building Block Units (BBU). I re-used many of the modules which were earlier used for The Tower of Babel and then for The Palace of Culture and Science.

Made from Michał Kosmulski's BBU (Building Block Unit) variants.

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Bell tower - Building Block Unit (BBU)

Bell tower

Inspired by traditional Polish wooden churches and the wooden belfry in Paczyn.

Made from Michał Kosmulski's BBU (Building Block Unit) (37 modules: 18 × A1, 8 × B16, 4 × P7, 6 × A2, 1 × Q14). All units are made from 7.5 cm squares except for the roof (Q14 tile) which is made from 10 cm paper.

Egyptian pyramid - Building Block Unit (BBU)

Egyptian pyramid, two levels high

This design can be extended indefinitely by adding more and more levels (a smaller, single-level variant is also possible). The walls are angled at 45 degrees which is a little less steep than in most actual pyramids of Egypt.

Made from Michał Kosmulski's BBU (Building Block Unit) (100 modules: 40 × A2, 24 × A1, 16 × A4, 8 × Q1, 8 × Q20, 4 × Q21).

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Tower of Babel - Building Block Unit (BBU)

The Tower of Babel

This rendition of the Tower of Babel consists of a series of square platforms placed one on top of another and rotated by 45 degrees at each level. This fractal-like structure could be extended indefinitely and as such, can never be finished, just like its biblical counterpart.

Made from Michał Kosmulski's BBU (Building Block Unit) (247 modules: 156 × A1, 68 × A2, 8 × Q22, 4 × A4, 4 × D3, 4 × Q16, 1 × D1, 1 × D4, 1 × G10).

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[ discuss top-down view on flickr ]

Tower of Babel (top-down view) - Building Block Unit (BBU)
Penguin Attack - penguin (by Blanka Pentela (Blunek)) ascending the Palace of Culture and Science (Pałac Kultury i Nauki, PKiN) folded from Building Block Units (BBU)

Penguin Attack

A giant penguin (designed by Blanka Pentela (Blunek) ascending King-Kong style the Palace of Culture and Science. This 250 m tall building was erected in Warsaw in the 1950’s as a sign of Soviet domination. Due to this legacy it remains a highly visible yet controversial accent in the city’s skyline to this day. The skyscraper is a modular design made from my Building Block Units (BBU). Most units were reused from the Tower of Babel model.

Penguin designed by Blanka Pentela (Blunek)
Palace of Culture made from Michał Kosmulski's BBU (Building Block Units).

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Church - Building Block Unit (BBU)

Church

This model does not represent any actual church. Instead, it freely mixes elements typically found in small churches (rectangular floor plan without transept as well as general proportions) and in larger ones (triple portals, rose windows).

Made from Michał Kosmulski's BBU (Building Block Unit) (313 modules: 210 × A1, 51 × A2, 6 × B1, 6 × Q2, 4 × B5, 4 × Q1, 4 × Q4, 4 × Q3, 4 × P8, 4 × P9, 3 × P7, 2 × Q6, 2 × P6, 2 × P3, 1 × P2, 1 x P1, 1 × Q5, 1 × Q17, 1 × Q15, 1 × D13, 1 × D14).

[ discuss front view on flickr ]
[ discuss back view on flickr ]

Church - Building Block Unit (BBU)
Taipei 101 - Building Block Unit (BBU)

Taipei 101

Modular origami rendition of Taipei 101, one of the world's tallest buildings. I thought reproducing this structure's characteristic staggered facade in origami was an interesting challenge.

Made from Michał Kosmulski's BBU (Building Block Unit) variants.

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Sears Tower / Willis Tower - Building Block Unit (BBU)

Willis Tower (Sears Tower)

Made from Michał Kosmulski's BBU (Building Block Unit) (996 modules: 768 × A1, 228 × A2).

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