Paper Jacket

Construction 1 | Fall 2015 | Professor Benjamin Ibarra Sevilla



In this project we were challenged to investigate the relationship between the skin and skeleton of a built work of architecture. Paying particular attention to interstitial spaces, liminality, light, and materiality we then constructed a paper jacket based on this theoretical understanding.


Hell Joints

I was inspired by the traditional, complex Japanese “interlocking hell joints” of Kengo Kuma's SunnyHills Cake Shop envelope to use another traditional craft - paper origami - to create a system of geometric and interlocking modules for our jacket. Jigoku-gumi or "interlocking hell joints" in Japanese woodworking were traditionally designed to lock in to place with no glue or fasteners. Paper origami creates a strong, flexible module with no cutting or gluing.