Origami Inspiration: Folding Bamboo House

Origami Inspiration: Folding Bamboo House

Michelle Chin
Mar 2, 2011

After a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck central China, resulting in 69,000 fatalities, millions were left homeless. That homelessness was expected to last up to three years. This folding bamboo house, named the Bamboo + paper House was designed to meet the need for 1.5 million temporary homes.

As a notable entry in the Urban Re:Vision's Re:Construct competition, Tang & Yang Architects describe the central feature of the project as, "the development of a temporary shelter for the homeless people, a kinetic structure that exhibits characteristics of umbrella and folded fans, with the potential of arranging themselves into various contexts and dwelling requirements."

The folded House is transported to site and modified according to the social, economic and cultural needs of each user.

The composition of paper fibers, water, and cement can be used in a variety of construction applications and can be pre-assembled in-factory. It is then folded into a small package and loaded easily onto a truck for transportation to the site.

(Images: Ming Tang / Tang & Yang Architects)

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