Pop-up architecture

Making a building appear from a flat sheet of paper.

Occasionally I like post an unusually good example of transforming 2D material into a 3D form. Laser cutting is wonderful technology, but it is restricted to two dimensions, and it can be extremely difficult to push a project into the third dimension.

While I don’t think these pop-up buildings from Shimizu laboratory were laser cut, they do show an elegantly simply method of creating volume from a flat sheet.

Keep reading past the jump for more beautiful examples.

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One Response to “Pop-up architecture”

  1. Rich Decibels Says:

    Here’s the same idea applied to M. C. Escher’s _Relativity_: http://www.flickr.com/photos/crackpotcreative/2700826953/in/photostream/

    And it comes complete with instructions: http://www.flickr.com/photos/crackpotcreative/2714678437/in/photostream/