This project tries to investigate the structural and aesthetic values of Origami inspired folded structures. It is the first fully self-supported cantilever folded structure which uses traditional Japanese paper folding techniques and is folded into stability with no supporting substructure. It, therefore, incorporates a minimalist thin shell from which nothing can be added or subtracted, using its surface rigidity as its structural foundation.The model is based on Origami principles which are modeled with zero thickness and computationally optimized in order to address material thickness and fabrication restraints while producing a seamless looking facade, resembling the original zero-thickness model. In contrast to classical Origami which is designed from a 2d pattern, this project is designed entirely in 3d space and parametrically optimized to unfolded in a process I call "fold finding". This project is a proof concept model to this method, which is defined in my Masters thesis.
The structure draws its stability from the rigidity of the surfaces and by locking its fold angles in key locations, it is possible to reach a statically stable structure. A mathematical model was appraised in order to prognosticate the encastre points.
Jens Uwe Schultz
of Applied Sciences