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          Origamic Architecture

Because I explained in my other page what in general "Origamic Architecture" is, I will not put in an explanation in here and refer to my other page called Origamic Architecture for this.This page here is mainly reserved for my own Origamic Architecture designs (buildings). After having cut and folded cards from patterns of Masahiro Chatani en Keiko Nakazawa for something like 3 years, I've started designing OA patternspaleis1.jpg (15651 bytes) myself. I do this manually on graph paper. I primarily designed buildings from Amsterdam (in the Netherlands) into OA cards for I think there is a big lack of patterns from these buildings in OA books and also because  Amsterdam buildings have high architectonic value. My first attempt in designing an OA card has been the formal city hall and what is now the Royal Palace: "Paleis op de Dam". This Paleis op de Dam was designed by Jacob Campen and has been built between 1648/65. To design this building into an OA card I've used an old drawing of the Palace that I've retrieved from the Amsterdam Gemeente Archief. All of the OA patterns I've made with the help of drawings and pictures. The pictures that I've used are partly photo shots made with my camera;  partly downloaded from Internet and partly the pictures were bought by above mentioned  Gemeente Archief in Amsterdam. Above and to the right are two pictures of this first OA pattern of mine of the Royal Palacepaleis2.jpg (30327 bytes) on the square de Dam. From this first OA design I particularly remember that it was quite a job to calculate where exactly all the windows had to be placed in the pattern and when all this was finished, the before mentioned drawing from the Gemeente Archief that I've used as a help, wasn't all that precise. So I had to make some adjustments again after the completion of this Palace pattern. Evidently in this pattern it is most time consuming to correctly cut out all  the windows. It isn't a difficult pattern to fold at all. It was a fairly simple building to make an OA card out of so an excellent choice for a first attempt. The "Westerkerk" was the next Amsterdam building I made an OA pattern of. I especially felt attracted to the tower of the Westerkerk and that was actually the reason why I choose to make the church in the first place. The Westerkerk was built between 1620 and 1631 and it was designed by Hendrick de Keyser who is the architect of much more famous buildings in Amsterdam. 
I decreased this OA pattern of the Westerkerk as much as possible because the card is much more attractive this way. I do this with most of my OA designs. But by doing so in this particular pattern, the consequences are that the 3 crosses from the Amsterdam armorial bearings got a little bit too small to cut out of the tower. Never the less, I wanted to leave these 3 crosses in westertoren3.jpg (13622 bytes) the pattern to capture the tower as realistically as possible; it now means that it costs a little bit more concentration and time to cut the crosses neatly out of the tower. Furthermore in this OA pattern it is difficult to fold the separate layers of the Westertower, without making half cuts in the mountain and valley-folds, it can't be done. Mountain- and valley folds are the folds that have to be made, either on

the front or the back of an Origamic Architecture card, to be able to fold the card into shape. To learn how to half cut a mountain- and/or valley fold (also known as "kiss cuts" in the States) is very difficult for one learns by experience how deep a half cut has to be made.When one starts out learning to get this experience in half cutting, a lot of folds will be breaking down for one has cut too deep. Next  I designed an OA card from the building called "De Waag" formerly known as "St. Antoniespoort". De Waag was built in 1488 and is the most important remaining medieval building Amsterdam owns. I really would have been able 
to design the cover that is above the door of De Waag as well - one has a pavement  waagklein.jpg (6118 bytes) there now a days - and I tried very hard to do so but without success. I just  wasn't experienced  enough making waaggroot.jpg (7008 bytes) designs for Origami Architecture cards to make such a cover. Fortunately in an OA design of a building

I made not long after De Waag, called "Centraal Station",  I was able to make such a cover after all. The card from De Waag turned out quite fairy-like. After having made cards from afore mentioned and shown buildings, I was kind of fed up with these older buildings so I wanted to challenge myself making an OA design of a more modern Amsterdam building. I choose for the fairly new built scientific and technological center formerly known as "New Metropolis" (in the year 2000 the name of the building was changed into "Nemo"), a hazardous project.newmetr.jpg (18088 bytes) This fascinating building is designed by Renzo Piano. At first I wasn't very charmed by this building but this changed dramatically during the progress of this OA pattern of New Metropolis. The designer of this building deserves a lot of respect, architectonically it is a tremendously extraordinary building. I'm very proud of my OA design of this New Metropolis building, especially I'm proud of the middle section, this part of the design was very hard to think through. When I began doing this New Metropolis project, I tried hard to put the roundness of the building into my OA design, but this seemed to be impossible to do because one side is not equal to the another, which, by the way,  is the extraordinary attraction of this building. Because it didn't work out to get the roundness of New Metropolis into my OA pattern, I finally had to decide to make an OA design of the building the way it looks from a distance. The most difficult part to fold of this OA pattern are the stairs to the right of the building, this by far takes up most of the folding time. What goes for other designs goes for this pattern as well; without making the half cuts to the fold lines of these stairs it would be practically impossible to fold. Next it was "Centraal Station" that I made an OA pattern of. After having made a few attempts at this huge building, 
I decided to make two separate OA designs of it; one pattern of the middle section and one pattern of the building as a whole. I wanted to do this so I could make one pattern (the one of the middle section) with a lot of details and one (the one with the whole building) with lesser cshoofd.jpg (33656 bytes) details for the individual  portions of the building are smaller.The card  of this second design however is much larger than the first one so this way it shows the building as a total. Centraal Station was built between 1881 and 1889 by the famous architect P.J.H. Cuypers. 

The total building is app. 306 meters long and 30 meters deep. Therefore, my OA pattern of the building as a whole became a very large one as well. It took me six weeks in total to design this second card of the building. My main concern was, because the card would be so huge, that it would keep its sturdiness and would not bent over in the middle, I think I succeed in this. Especially in this pattern of the Centraal Station, it was difficult to design the cover that is on the left and the right of the building. Furthermore it is tricky to cut out the very tiny windows that are in this pattern, especially for they are so close together, but it can be done. To cut this particular card takes up a very, very long time!csgeheel3.jpg (23727 bytes) And  folding the roofs of  some of the little houses to the left and the right were especially   very difficult to do, I tried out a lot of different kind of papers before I  finally got the right paper that was flexible enough for all the folds to be in correctly. This paper that was finally right, is called "elephant hide". All the other papers I had tried out got torn up here and there when some folds were made. However, all the energy that was put in designing, cutting and folding this pattern, has been more than worth while for I think it is now one of the most attractive OA cards I've made so far. When Centraal Station was done, as an exception I did a foreign building, namely a museum that is situated in Mainz,  and is called Gutenberg.gutenberg1.jpg (38916 bytes)This Gutenberg museum is the world museum of the typographic art. I designed this OA pattern because of an ongoing project called "Gutenberg 2000". For more information about this "Gutenberg 2000" project and about this Gutenberg museum (there is a little picture of the museum put in this page) I refer to: In this particular pattern the 3 porches, the ornaments of the roofs and the ornaments that stick out of the left part of the building, were the most challenging to design. Because of the little windows and because of the decorations and ornaments, it takes up nothing less than 10 hours to cut and fold Gutenberg. Because this is way to long when one has to make more cards than one from this design, I made a variation to this card; an OA design with lesser detailed windows, so now to cut and fold this variation takes up "only" 5 hours. When my OA design of Gutenburg was finished, I choose another modern building in Amsterdam to make an OA pattern of, namely Amsterdam's music theater and current city hall  "Stopera" which is located at the Waterlooplein. Wilhelm Holzbauer, an architect from Austria, designed Stopera.stopera.jpg (28196 bytes)This was the first time for me that I actually designed an OA card in a round shape the way I did in this Stopera design. In former OA designs of buildings that have primarily round shapes, I suggested the roundness of it in my design, as with Stopera I actually was able to make a round OA pattern. I also made an OA design of this Stopera building where I designed the sides of the building diagonal, something that is an exception in Origamic Architecture patterns. This was incredible difficult and it took me a lot of time and try outs to come up with these diagonal sides. In principal I manage to do it but I think it makes the card harder to fold and unfold so I prefer the OA design that is shown here. More information about the city hall can be found at the page about Amsterdam that is mentioned at the end of this page. Last but not least, I will show a picture from a card made from the so called "ING" building (formerly called NMB). The architect of this ING building is Ton Alberts. This, in many ways, is a very exceptional building, not in the least because one of the main demands for the making of the building was that the people that have to work in this building would have a pleasant sphere of action.The left picture is a photograph 
of the F part of the ING building from the little book published by ING itself called: "Anders Bouwen hoofdkantoor ING Bank" ingpapr.jpg (16531 bytes) In particular the triangle addition on the right part of the building was very difficult to get ing.jpg (16089 bytes)

right in this OA pattern.Furthermore it was stressed that the building should be very economical in energy; due to all kinds of construction this building uses the energy from the sun, as the natural energy source, as optimal as possible.This ING building has 10 towers and of course I could not design a card from all these 10 towers all in one so I had to pick one section out and that is the F section. Above, as said, left from the OA card, I've also add a photograph of this F section of the ING building so one can compare the original building with the OA building. 

Thus far this page of my OA buildings.There is another page created by me which shows pictures from special cards related to drawings of M.C. Escher: Escherpage. If you are interested in OA cards of the great Japanese artists Keiko Nakazawa and Masahiro Chatani, look at my  page Origamic Architecture and than there is my other page about  Origami. For more information about buildings in Amsterdam and their architects, I refer to Amsterdam Heritage, a very worthwhile, interesting, and extensive page with a lot of information about the history of Amsterdam. I too used some pictures from this site to help me make  some of my OA designs. Thank you very much for your attention to my page. Reactions to my page are very welcome.


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Links to a few incredible pages, very much worth looking at: by Gerry Stormer, an absolute must.
Three sites created by Marivi Garrido: and  and her very special and unique heraldry page: : by Selena Kim 
and last but not least Jun Mitani's page: