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Architecture Global Aid's Origami Houses in Tokyo

Simple, colourful and able to be folded completely flat, AGA’s Origami Houses were conceived to provide shelter in the wake of the 2011 Tōhoku tsunami

Recognising the need for privacy and intimacy in the wake of natural disasters, the Architecture Global Aid group, based in Tokyo, designed these flatpack shelters that can be folded down and used as tables or packed into a box. Constructed using wooden panels, the shelters are reinforced to survive any future disasters and are light enough to float on water, acting as a safety raft. The ‘tables’ were designed for Ōmori High School in Tokyo, a school which specialises in safety from natural disasters.


Unfolded elevation view


The folded houses float onto land in the wake of a tsunami


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