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Origami House

Architect . Jean-Paul Rollo with Romas Kesminas / Competition . Boral Design Award 2008 / Awards . Highly commended

A study of the iconic suburban tiled roofs informed the conceptual basis of the design. The found triangulated roof forms of suburbia were stitched together to create sculptural origami, within a set of new geometries - a contemporary ‘take’ on the quintessential suburban home. In this new dwelling the flat profile terracotta shingles are used to their maximum effect to create roofs and walls that merge together to create a seamless form. The roof floats across the landscape and encloses a rectilinear box revealing new spaces as one moves through and around the exterior.


The framework of the box serves two purposes. Firstly it is used as a structural element to tie together the angled tiled roof and wall planes. Secondly it creates a double skin between the tiled wall forms and the wall frame of the dwelling. This helps provide insulation to the new dwelling which is orientated to the north to maximize sunlight.


The angled roof and wall planes define the public and private spaces within the home. The open plan living area is revealed to the north facing yard with the roof form opening up revealing the glazing of the framework behind, while the roof folds down along the bedrooms to provide both shading and privacy. 


The accentuated overhanging eaves protect the dwelling in the summer months while allowing for light & heat penetration in the winter months. The use of light coloured tiles such as Charcoal Grey, Ghostgum Grey, Antique Bronze and Savannah provide reflective capabilities to the form that helps insulate the dwelling in the warmer months. The steep valley gutters located centrally are used as collection points for underground water storage, while a series of different profile zincalume flashings allow for the tiled angled planes to discharge water from the roof.

Origami House project images
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