Architect Yoshiaki Tanaka of used 146 square meters of indoor space to create a home that responds to its owner’s needs. At the same time, the Origami House in Japan’s Mie prefecture is also imagined to withstand wind pressure and earthquakes. Built for a young married couple, the inviting home in an old village surrounded by mountains incorporates the landscape in its architecture. Also, the Japanese culture comes into play when creating the structure. On a compact lot of only 251 square meters, architects imagined this highly modern shape inspired by origami – the art of paper folding. There already was a round stone wall built there by one of the couple’s grandfather, so the new Origami House and all its elements was introduced into this inherited site.
The architect explains how the project came to life: “Therefore I decided to leave the stone wall of the site and, on the foundation stone, hung the roof which I folded like origami and thought about the earth and the form of the house where I could live all in one body.” The origami roof rises like a tent, creating protective spaces that translate into culture-specific mental comfort for the family. Varied functions make this origami-inspired design a valuable concept: “It controls sunlight and takes in wind and, besides, makes half outdoors space. This house creates new scenery while inheriting the memory of the village .”