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Origamic Architecture exhibition at the Japan Foundation

December 9, 2009
by Canadian Architect

Origamic Architecture involves the three-dimensional reproduction of architecture, geometric patterns, everyday objects and other images, at various scales, using cut-out and folded paper, usually thin cardboard. Visually, these creations are comparable to intricate pop-ups, and some works are deliberately engineered to possess pop-up-like properties. However, origamic architecture tends to be cut out of a single sheet of paper, whereas most pop-ups involve two or more. To create the three-dimensional image out of the two-dimensional surface requires skill akin to that of an architect.


Varieties of existing buildings of the world, from historical to contemporary, are included in this show. All models are designed by the late Masahiro Chatani (1934-2008) singlehandedly. Half of the exhibited models are freshly constructed in Toronto by local Canadian folders.



This exhibition at the Japan Foundation in Toronto runs until February 25, 2010, and a

dmission is free. The Japan Foundation is located at 131 Bloor Street West in Toronto, on the second floor of the Colonnade Building. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 11:30am to 4:30pm (Thursday closing at 7:00pm) and special Saturday openings only on January 9 and 23 and February 6, from noon to 5:00pm.


For more information, please visit or call 416.966.1600 x229.

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