tal friedman utilizes origami techniques to create fold finding pavilion
tal friedman utilizes origami techniques to create fold finding pavilion tal friedman utilizes origami techniques to create fold finding pavilion
feb 18, 2016

tal friedman utilizes origami techniques to create fold finding pavilion

tal friedman utilizes origami techniques to create fold finding pavilion
all images courtesy of alucobond




architect tal friedman’s ‘fold finding’ pavilion is a self-supporting folded architectural work that utilizes traditional origami techniques (both aesthetic and structural) to avoid the need of any sub-structure. composed in its entirety using only eight 4mm thick alucobond panels, friedman created algorithms necessary to take advantage of the material’s innate surface rigidity. the result is an ultra thin shell, from which nothing can be added or subtracted, that uses surface tension as its structural foundation.

tal friedman origami fold finding pavilion panel detailing




the architect says, ‘the technique can, in many instances, replace traditional construction methods utilizing individual panels, as its composition is of a single material. this saves both fabrication time and building tolerances.’ the ‘fold finding’ pavilion’s rigid folds are further locked by angled bends in crucial areas.


video courtesy of tal friedman




each ‘flower’ is made of four unique sections. each of these, are composed of 12/20 interconnected surfaces. when fully assembled, the pavilion serves as a proof of concept, illustrating the possibilities of folded structures in full-scale architectural design. the method may have further applications in fields such as: deployable structures, shading systems, public or private architecture, and more.

nothing can be added nor subtracted from the thin shell without compromising surface rigidity & structure

tal friedman origami fold finding pavilion
elements of origami folding are implemented on an architectural scale


video courtesy of tal friedman

the project resembles origami not only structurally & aesthetically, but in its fabrication as well

the pavilion draws from traditional japanese architecture

tal friedman origami fold finding pavilion
panel routing

the pavilion draws its stability from the rigidity of surfaces and locking folded angles

tal friedman origami fold finding pavilion
parts, pre-joining

assembled structure

the method can be applied to various fields like architecture, deployable structure, shading systems, etc.

‘fold finding’



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edited by: nick brink | designboom



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