The old adage – that good things come in small packages – certainly rings true with the Origami House in Japan.

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Image: TSC Architects (+81 052 700 7700; tsc-a.com) 

This striking design with its elegant, angular roof was created by TSC Architects (+81 052 700 7700; tsc-a.com) for a newly married young couple in a village in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Inspired by the art of paper folding, the roof rises from the earth like a tent, before bending in five places to envelop the property, emulating the sharp peaks of the surrounding mountains.

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Architect Yoshiaki Tanaka’s folding structure isn’t just aesthetic – its elevated points at the front and back encourage sunlight to flood in, shade a decked veranda, and also frame the spectacular rugged views through double-height windows. The parts that stretch to the ground have a purpose, too, wrapping around the home to give a feeling of security and protection from high winds, storms and earthquakes.

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Words: Rachel Ogden

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