Housing Units

house unitWhilst playing with the traditional house yesterday, I discovered a unit by adding a couple of extra creases to each I joined six of them into a cuboctahedron and promptly taught it (over the phone) to my mate Wayne. He said, I’ll make six and ring you back. He rang back to say he’d made the cube. “Cube?” says I? Yes, he’d joined the modules the opposite way round and formed a cube. A classic case of origami BOGOF (buy one, get one free).

Here are the possibilities discovered so far. I’ve shown where the triangular flap of the house appears on the finished modulars. I’m still playing with it and have also joined two to make a 4 compartment box. It just goes to show – never overlook the traditional models, they may well contain further undiscovered possibilities.


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  1. Hi Nick,

    it would be really interesting to hear your phone folding instructions to make the changes needed for this cuboctahedron as well as an indication where the flaps and pockets come from.

    Nice Greetings Anna

    • Firstly, all the white square sections face inwards, so arrange two units so that their white sides touch, then slide another in between so the folded coloured edge is on the outside, then insert.

      Oh yes, the units are best inserted folded flat so the coloured triangles are flattened in half. Once inserted, unfold the flaps and interlock them. As ever, the last is the hardest – it needs a gentle touch..

      Repeat!

      Any good?

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