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Crease Pattern: House with Windows

by Clifford Jones
Edited by Jason Ku


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This model is my debut as an origami designer. The idea to make a window using indentations to simulate window panes came to me in a moment of inspiration. After a little tinkering, I determined that I could make the window lattice by utilizing the thickness of the paper. After the window was designed, putting it onto a house was just a matter of choosing dimensions that would result in easy to find reference points and wouldn’t create extraneous creases in the model.


The model’s instructions are an unconventional combination of a progressive crease pattern combined with photo diagrams of certain steps. For this model, a progressive crease pattern more clearly illuminates the design than either diagrams or a standard crease pattern. I chose to use photographs instead of drawings to illustrate steps because 3D box-pleated forms are often difficult to diagram clearly and close-up photographs can more accurately depict the folds. I recommend using a 12 inch square for a first fold. The model in the photos was folded from Tant.


"Atomic Detonation" is another model I’ve created recently based on crumpling and can be seen on my flickr. I hope to post more there soon. I’m currently working on a more complicated house which adds roof tiles, siding, and a chimney.


For those of you who want a little challenge, here you go:

  • Challenge 1: You will notice that one segment of the window lattice shows three layers. Those layers can be arranged so that only one layer is showing.
  • Challenge 2: You will notice that wherever the window lattice connects to the edge of the window, there is an extra layer that extends to one corner of the window and a fold running diagonally into the window indentation. This layer can be hidden, however doing so will cause a few extra horizontal and vertical creases to be visible throughout the model.

-Clifford Jones