There’s something irresistibly charming about bringing the paper art of origami to life in large scale. Architects Manuel Bouzas Cavada, Manuel Bouzas Barcala and Clara Álvarez Garcí drew inspiration from folded paper in Origami, a temporary installation for the architecture and design festival Concéntrico 03 in Logroño, Spain. Built of timber panels, this ephemeral pavilion is a beautiful structure that glows from within and delicately unfolds to reveal a multifaceted interior.
Selected as the winning proposal for the festival’s information kiosk, Origami is constructed from 39 folded wooden panels joined together with hinges. The Garnica panels are self-supporting and the installation is assembled without any supporting structures or sub-structures—gravity keeps the hinged components in place. Though simple in design, the pavilion is strikingly beautiful thanks to its intricate facade that resembles a bejeweled treasure chest.
Gaps between the timber panels allow light to seep through, giving Origami the appearance of a glowing lantern at night. The jury wrote: “The project has been selected for its iconic character and singular geometry, and was highlighted as a landmark in the festival. Based on the concept of pattern and using the technique of origami, the pavilion opens up to its surroundings. Its disposition provokes new interpretations of space and activity in the plaza. The pavilion and its surrounding areas are transformed throughout the day and during the night with the differing light.”
Images via Concéntrico 03 Facebook