Stunning Paper Architecture by Ingrid Siliakus

TheeBlog-IngridSiliakus During my first years of College, as an Architecture major, I learned to appreciate and love the immense amount of detail, planning and labor that goes into creating beautiful structures. And although I switched careers, my love for Architecture remains and only grows stronger as I gracefully age :). So, if you love beautiful Architecture – and origami, today you are in for a treat. Ingrid Siliakus is an Amsterdam based Paper Architect/Artist whose stunning work has been featured in numerous publications, galleries and award shows. Her intricate paper structures range from Architecture studies and models, to stunning Escheresque works of art. Check out some of my favorites after the jump…

‘…Working with paper forces me to be humble, since this medium has a character of its own that asks for cooperation. It is a challenge to find this cooperation with each separate paper brand I work with. Working with paper the way I do, namely by means of cutting and folding creating paper sculptures, asks of me to work with meditative precision. Paper architecture does not bare haste, it is its enemy; one moment of loss of concentration, can lead to failure of a piece…’ ‘…I experience an ultimate satisfaction at the critic moment when the paper, with a silenced sigh, surrenders and becomes a blade-sharp crease. The sound of the paper, which guides this surrendering, to me is incomparable…’ - Ingrid Siliakus









Paper Architecture is the art of creating an object out of a single piece of paper. Before the final design is finished, something like 20 to 30 (sometimes even more) prototypes are made by Ingrid. Drawing paper architecture designs to Ingrid is as building: first one layer, with a single shape, will be drawn and than layer after layer are added. This process continues till she is satisfied with the result. All separate prototypes are cut and folded, to be examined by her. To design a pattern from scratch, the artist needs the skills of an architect to create a two-dimensional design, which, with the patience and precision of a surgeon, becomes an ingenious three-dimensional wonder of paper. After the design stage, creating a paper architecture art work is done by a combination of detailed cutting and folding. The paperweight Ingrid uses for her creations varies from 160 to 300 gram.


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