Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell

 

 
3D Paper Buildings / Structures
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of 3D Buildings and other structures. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

There is a separate index page for 2D Buildings and Structures.

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1892

A way of folding a staircase appears in 'Le Travail Manuel a L'ecole Primaire' by Jully & Rocheron, which was published by Librairie Classique Eugene Belin in Paris in 1892.

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1906 onwards

'Les Bon Jeudis' by Tom Tit, which was published in Paris in 1906 by Librairie Vuibert, showed how to link Playing Card Cubes together by means of their external tabs to create designs for modular buildings.

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1932

A three piece design for a three-dimensional house appears in Booklet 3 of 'Images a Plier', a series of 6 booklets published by Librairie Larousse in Paris in 1932.

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1939

A Mill made from a paper cone and a cut and fold windmill appears in 'El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero, which was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939.

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The same book contains a house, 'Mi casita', made from an envelope and two rectangles of differing sizes.

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The Windmill design also appears, as in 'Molino de Viento', in El Plegado y Cartonaje en la Escuela Primaria' by Antonio M Luchia and Corina Luciani de Luchia, which was published by Editorial Kapelusz in Buenos Aires in 1940.

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