“Origami Envelopes” – Conscious Inspiration

Origami from ori meaning “folding“, and kami meaning “paper”; kami changes to gami due to rendaku is the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD and was popularized in the mid-1900s. It has since then evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of material into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, and as such the use of cuts or glue are not considered to be origami.

from Wikipedia 


The  “Conscious Inspiration”  method

How it Works?


First step:  the inspiration Source

origami swan


Second step:  Developing  the Conscious Inspiration tools

Project description Above courtesy of S-M.A.O. Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office:

The Chapel is developed around the study and manipulation of a focally tensed “box-fold”.


Third step: Realize the design idea

S-M.A.O. Sancho-Madridejos Architecture Office

 Chapel in Valleacerón

Construction finish date: 2001


Origami Envelopes – eliinbar sketches 2011 


The “Network effect”: 

The following ,are examples of buildings I came across in the web

the “Origami Envelopes Effect”….















Are they inspired from the “Origami Envelopes Effect”?


More information about “trendy envelopes

You are invited to visit my recent and relevant post:




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7 Responses to ““Origami Envelopes” – Conscious Inspiration”

  1. I’m glad to see “non cultural” referencies/sources here.
    Herzog & DeMeron have also creased paper inspired façade etc.
    “non cultural” sources such as nature, paper, cigarette end, any phenonmenon etc. are a powerfull tool for architect.
    “cultural sources” aren’t just other buildings, heritage, it can be pictures/painting, movies… The way architects creat sequences is very cinematographical.
    It would be nice to have a post here comparing sequences !

    • Hay Fran
      Thanks for your elaborate comment
      I agree, “Cultural sources” aren’t just other buildings

      In my blog I try to find out what are the architects contemporary
      sources of inspiration.

      It turns out that architects around the world are inspired mainly by
      abundance of architectural information, available online.
      It seams that it worked in a similar way for Frank Lloyd Wright,
      Louis Kahn and Le Corbusier
      and Other grate Architects.

      Please visit recent post of mine, where I described architectural trends today.
      “Conscious Inspiration“method is my vision to deal with our contemporary reality .
      We don’t need to be intimidated to get inspired from relevant buildings,. Once we develop tools to understand them.

      Once more…. thank you Fran, your comments are very welcome.

      Eli Inbar

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