Continuing with our previous Toyo Ito-inspired membrane models, we sought to further contemplate upon the boundaries between surface and solid through the construction of animated, fluid forms - now through folding instead of stretching. Challenging the material properties of Bristol paper, we performed minimal yet calculated moves on a 11x11 inch squares. Wetting the bristol generates the malleability we desire, and with a gridded base and clear measurements on the surfaces we could easily alter the 1-fold and 2-fold variations in a consistent and parametric manner. Held down by string until dried, the diagonally folded paper is forced to contort and bend naturally. The continuity of the surface reminds of our past project that similarly establishes amorphous partial-enclosures. 

However, the action “fold” exceeds “stretch” in that it constructs additional points and edges in the geometry, allowing for a potentially stronger sense of asymmetry in the form. When designing the structures for all six variations, we fully exploited these new geometries by attaching the string in these new locations. This, along with the breakup of the surface into two distinct parts attaches a sense of dynamism to whole form through the further organization of asymmetry and imbalance. From the inception of the single-sided folding action to the physical modelling and diagramming, the constant challenge was imagining what an amorphous space can be if there exists only one surface to enclose, and how habitation would manifest in such a space.

Peyton Chiang

Bay Fujimoto

Joseph Hsu

Spencer Hoteling