Abstract modular origami


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Abstract modular origami, usually representing highly symmetric geometric shapes, is the most popular kind of modular origami.

This page lists models of a single type. You might be interested in folding instructions instead.
Chain (CBU)

Chain (CBU)

When I was little, it was common for kids to make paper chains as Christmas tree decoration (łańcuch na choinkę). These chains were made by cutting colored p...

Möbius Strip V (CBU)

Möbius Strip V (CBU)

A Möbius strip consisting of a single Conveyor Belt Unit (CBU) twisted and locked with itself by both ends. This is the cleanest representation of a Möbius s...

Conveyor Belt (CBU)

Conveyor Belt (CBU)

A conveyor belt, made from Conveyor Belt Units (CBU). Instead of connecting the ends together, one could also leave the model in the form of a flat tape, or ...

Star Deimos (variant D)

Star Deimos (variant D)

In this variant of Star Deimos, units are modified so that there is no pocket in the top visible layer. This requires a change to the locking mechanism and r...

Trefoil Knot

Trefoil Knot

A trefoil knot from a single Cross Lap Unit.

Cube (BBU E7)

Cube (BBU E7)

Another cube from BBU-s: 6 × E7, 6 × D4 6 × A1.

30-60-90-Degree Star

30-60-90-Degree Star

The units from which this star is made, are folded from triangles whose angles are 30°, 60° and 90°. Such triangles are created when you cut a hexagon from a...

Star Deimos (variant C)

Star Deimos (variant C)

A variant of Star Deimos in which the rays are asymmetrically narrowed on one side, giving the star’s outline the appearance of a saw blade.

Hexagonal Honeycomb II (SBA-15)

Hexagonal Honeycomb II (SBA-15)

I designed this model for the cover illustration of my father’s book on nanoparticles. It represents the structure of SBA-15, a type of mesoporous silica. My...

Star Deimos (variant B)

Star Deimos (variant B)

Variant B of Star Deimos differs from the base shape only by a single fold which reveals more of the white side of the paper in the center.

Heart-Shaped Coil

Heart-Shaped Coil

This is a model I designed and folded back in 2016. It is made from the same kind of units as Single-Module Modular Heart. Any number of units can be used si...

90-Edge Buckyball (PHiZZ Variant IV)

90-Edge Buckyball (PHiZZ Variant IV)

This was an experiment with yet another PHiZZ variation of mine, conducted a few years ago. I chose too soft paper (or too large sheets) for this model which...

Two-Unit Cube II

Two-Unit Cube II

Another simple model in which a cube is built from just two units. See also: Two-Unit Cube I.

Spiked Icosahedron (Paper Airplane Sonobe)

Spiked Icosahedron (Paper Airplane Sonobe)

Spiked Icosahedron made from my new Sonobe variant, Paper Airplane Sonobe. When you look at an individual unit before assembling the model, you can spot a re...

Two-Unit Cube I

Two-Unit Cube I

This is a very simple modular origami design I recently came up with when revisiting my Oxi unit from a few years ago. The unit has folded edges on one side ...

Star Chaos (variant B)

Star Chaos (variant B)

Variant B of my Star Chaos. Modular origami model from 6 units. Duo paper courtesy of a friend.

Star Deimos

Star Deimos

Star Deimos, another of my simple modular origami star designs. There is a color change in the center of the model, and the six-fold symmetry allows for seve...

Star Boreas

Star Boreas

An octagonal modular star. Own design, folded from Harmony paper.

Star Ananke (variant G)

Star Ananke (variant G)

Yet another variant of Star Ananke. Variants of this design were designed independently by myself and by others before me: Wei Fu, and Robin Glynn (with mino...

Star Ananke (variant F)

Star Ananke (variant F)

This variant of Star Ananke features an additional hexagon in the center of the model. It’s a small change in the individual unit, but it makes connecting th...

Star Ananke (variant D)

Star Ananke (variant D)

This is the front of Star Ananke, variant D. The basic variant (A) was designed independently by myself and by others before me: Wei Fu, and Robin Glynn (wit...

Star Ananke (variant D) with Angels

Star Ananke (variant D) with Angels

This is the back side of Star Ananke (variant D). The basic variant (A) was designed independently by myself and by others before me: Wei Fu, and Robin Glynn...

Star Ananke (variant C)

Star Ananke (variant C)

A modification (variant C) of Star Ananke. The basic variant (A) was designed independently by myself and by others before me: Wei Fu, and Robin Glynn (with ...

Ad Astra

Ad Astra

I prepared this composition as decoration for the room where I would be holding origami workshops related to my exhibition at Olsztyn Planetarium. During the...

Star Chaos (variant A)

Star Chaos (variant A)

Modular origami stars are quite addictive: I set out to create just one simple model for a workshop and before I knew it, I had about a dozen different desig...

Star Ananke (variant B)

Star Ananke (variant B)

A modification (variant B) of Star Ananke. The basic variant (A) was designed independently by myself and by others before me: Wei Fu, and Robin Glynn (with ...

Star Ananke (variant A)

Star Ananke (variant A)

As part of preparations for my presentation and workshop on contemporary origami, I set out to design a simple modular star which I could teach in the worksh...

Meander

Meander

A Greek meander pattern folded as modular origami. The bent frame technique is the “Thoki Yenn style” which I also employed in a number of other models, for ...

Hydrangea Cube (Harmony paper)

Hydrangea Cube (Harmony paper)

Shuzo Fujimoto’s Hydrangea can be used as a modular unit. The method was first published by Meenakshi Mukerji and then reinvented independently by myself. I ...

Lelum Cube

Lelum Cube

A modified version of Lelum Polelum Cube where one out of each pair of flaps is hidden.

Lelum Polelum Cube

Lelum Polelum Cube

A Cube from a unit I recently designed and later learned that was earlier designed independently by Saburo Kase. More details in the unit’s description.

Mesos Logo (Cube-Hexagon Illusion)

Mesos Logo (Cube-Hexagon Illusion)

This is the logo of Apache Mesos (cluster management software) rendered in origami. A colleague at work suggested I try designing this object in origami afte...

Aton Kusudama

Aton Kusudama

Aton Kusudama, variant A (many more are possible). Spiked icosahedron made from 30 units. Designed and folded by me. More variants are possible, some with in...

TensorFlow Logo

TensorFlow Logo

This is a real-life rendition of the TensorFlow logo in origami, using the Business Card Cube Unit.

Purple 90-Edge Buckyball (PHiZZ Variant II)

Purple 90-Edge Buckyball (PHiZZ Variant II)

90-edge buckyball made from a variation of Tom Hull’s PHiZZ unit. I know that other people have also designed this simple variant of the unit independently f...

Möbius Strip IV (CLU)

Möbius Strip IV (CLU)

The Möbius band (aka Möbius strip) is an interesting mathematical object, a single-sided surface. This origami version is folded using my Cross Lap Unit (CLU...

Heart (CLU)

Heart (CLU)

Origami heart made from a single Cross Lap Unit (CLU), using a similar technique as my Ichthys. Metallic paper with acrylic paint.

Ichthys

Ichthys

Easter is coming so with fluffy bunnies and cute chickens aplenty, it’s good to also add this fish to the pack.

Lotus Cube

Lotus Cube

Lotus Cube, made from a variant of my BBU (Building Block Units). Even though it is possible to make a cube from just 6 lotus BBU units, such an assembly is ...

Six Intersecting Pentagrams (SIP)

Six Intersecting Pentagrams (SIP)

This modular woven polyhedron not only looks nice, but it also has a very interesting history of different people designing it independently. Those credited ...

Single-Module Modular Heart

Single-Module Modular Heart

This heart is made from a single module which is a modification of 90-degree unit (independently discovered by me and others), so it’s like a modular design ...

Coaster Cube

Coaster Cube

This cube is made from a slightly modified variant of my Woven Slit Module (WSM). 36 units are used (6×4 = 24 for the faces and 12 for the edges), made from ...

Flower Icosahedron (StEM)

Flower Icosahedron (StEM)

This is an icosahedron (or dodecahedron, depending on how you look at it) made from a modified version of Sturdy Edge Module (StEM), a 90-degree unit variant...

Cube from Recursive Four-Sink Base

Cube from Recursive Four-Sink Base

This cube is made from six units, each of which is a recursive four-sink base modified for use as a module.

Fractal Pinwheel Cube

Fractal Pinwheel Cube

This is an example of using my Fractal Pinwheel as a modular unit. Due to small size, there’s only one level so the fractalness is not so clearly visible.

The Tower of Babel

The Tower of Babel

This rendition of the Tower of Babel consists of a series of square platforms placed one on top of another and rotated by 45 degrees at each level. This frac...

Spiked Octahedron (WSM)

Spiked Octahedron (WSM)

Spiked octahedron made from my Woven Slit Module (WSM), 48 units from 3:1 paper.

Hydrangea Icosahedron

Hydrangea Icosahedron

After I made a Hydrangea Cube, Hydrangea Icosahedron was the next logical step. Just as in the cube, the Hydrangea Tessellation by Shuzo Fujimoto is used as ...

Cube (2:1 paper, slits outside)

Cube (2:1 paper, slits outside)

In this assembly method, each of the cube’s faces is made of two modules which are both attached to both perpendicular modules in the same way. Together with...

Adjustable Cube

Adjustable Cube

This cube is a mechanical toy. Its size can be adjusted: the cube can grow or shrink by a factor of about two. It starts out as a cube with a pattern resembl...

Knobby Cube

Knobby Cube

Another combination of Building Block Units and tessellations, this time Fujimoto’s Clover Folding, folded without the decorative margin. 18 modules: 6 × BB...

Hydrangea Cube

Hydrangea Cube

I came up with the idea of connecting Hydrangeas to form a modular origami design independently, then found out Meenakshi Mukerji had published it in her boo...

Square Weave Cube

Square Weave Cube

This is a modular cube made of six Square Weave Tessellations. The connection method is mine, the authorship of the Square Weave Tessellation seems to be dis...

Clover Cube

Clover Cube

This model is a combination of Building Block Units and Fujimoto’s Clover Folding. The models amounts to 18 units, 12 of which are BBUs (6 × D10 variant, 6 ×...

Möbius Strip III (BBU)

Möbius Strip III (BBU)

A single-sided surface, the Möbius Band is one of the more interesting mathematical objects that can be reproduced in origami.

Annapurna from StEM modules

Annapurna from StEM modules

Annapurna (also known as ten intersecting triangles or 10 × 3 × 1 polypolyhedron) was designed by Robert Lang, but the model presented here uses my Sturdy Ed...

Makalu

Makalu

Makalu is one of the models in Robert Lang’s Himalayan Peaks series. Its more scientific name is six intersecting pentagons, or: 6 × 5 × 1 polypolyhedron. Se...

Gasherbrum

Gasherbrum

This is the simplest of Robert J. Lang’s polypolyhedra. A more descriptive name of this model is four intersecting triangles, or 4 × 3 × 1 polypolyhedron.

Spiked Icosahedron (BBU D2)

Spiked Icosahedron (BBU D2)

The structure of this model is similar to spiked icosahedra made with variants of the Sonobe unit and other similar modules. However, in the case of BBU, a t...

Rectangular Cuboid

Rectangular Cuboid

This model demonstrates how Building Block Units can be modified to form rectangular rather than square faces. Just like the cube, this model uses 12 modules...

Hexagonal Honeycomb

Hexagonal Honeycomb

This structure can be extended indefinitely to fill the plane with a hexagonal pattern. By adding more layers it can also be expanded up and down.

Hamiltonia Cycle of the Cube

Hamiltonia Cycle of the Cube

A Hamiltonian cycle is a closed path on a polyhedron which visits each vertex exactly once. This model represents such a path for a cube. It can also be used...

Expanded Hexagonal Prism

Expanded Hexagonal Prism

This is a shape created by placing cubes on the outer square walls of a hexagonal prism. This way, the outer outline becomes a dodecagonal prism. Seen from t...

Cube (BBU E10)

Cube (BBU E10)

Due to the E10 tile’s small flaps, it can’t be directly attached to the flaps of inner A1 tiles. An additional “sizing” layer of A2 tiles is needed for prope...

Cube (BBU D9)

Cube (BBU D9)

Cube from 12 modules: 6 × D9, 6 × A1.

14-Spoked Wheel

14-Spoked Wheel

Mathematically speaking, this wheel is a tetradecagonal prism. This construction, which uses a mix of units made from 1:√2 and 1:2√2 paper, isn’t mathematica...

Large Cube

Large Cube

This cube uses PVM Edge Connector Units to create extra distance between the Vertex Modules.

Cube from Sunken Vertex Units

Cube from Sunken Vertex Units

The result of using the sunken variant of PVM Vertex Unit is a cube with four vertices replaced by inverted pyramids.

Toshie’s Jewel (StEM)

Toshie’s Jewel (StEM)

Normally, Toshie’s jewel is made from Sonobe units, but this one is made from StEM units instead.

Spiked Icosahedron (StEM)

Spiked Icosahedron (StEM)

In this model, each face of an icosahedron was replaced with a triangular pyramid made from three units.

Spiked Icosahedron (StEM face variant)

Spiked Icosahedron (StEM face variant)

The unit is a variant of an edge unit; I call usage like this the “face variant” since the unit covers a face rather than an edge of the solid. When I invent...

Octahedron with Inverted Spikes on all Faces

Octahedron with Inverted Spikes on all Faces

This model’s structure is an octahedron whose each face was replaced with a pyramid of three equilateral right triangles, pointing inwards. Units are located...

Menger Sponge, level 1½ (StEM)

Menger Sponge, level 1½ (StEM)

The modules’ shape makes this level 1 model look even closer to a level 2 model than the Penultimate Module version. The hole in each small square is exactly...

Tetrahedron (StEM)

Tetrahedron (StEM)

This model (first from the left) is compared here with some other simple polyhedra folded from the same kind of module. Note how the tetrahedron looks almost...

Tetrahedron (SEU Sonobe)

Tetrahedron (SEU Sonobe)

This model (first in bottom row) is shown compared to other models folded from SEU units made from 2:1 and square paper (top and bottom row, respectively). N...

Tetrahedron (SEU from 2:1 paper)

Tetrahedron (SEU from 2:1 paper)

This model (first in top row) is shown compared to other models folded from SEU units made from 2:1 and square paper (top and bottom row, respectively). Note...

Spiked Octahedron (rotated link method)

Spiked Octahedron (rotated link method)

This model demonstrates the rotated link connection method that can be applied to SEU units folded from square paper, which can be considered a Sonobe varian...

Spiked Icosahedron (Sonobe link method)

Spiked Icosahedron (Sonobe link method)

This model demonstrates the Sonobe link connection method that can be applied to SEU units folded from square paper, which can be considered a Sonobe variant...

Spiked Icosahedron (SEU link method)

Spiked Icosahedron (SEU link method)

This model demonstrates the SEU link connection method that can be applied to SEU units folded from square paper, which can be considered a Sonobe variant. T...

Ring

Ring

This ring can also be worn as a headband. It uses a non-standard way of connecting the modules. Any even number of modules can be connected this way, though ...

Octahedron (StEM, modules pointing outside)

Octahedron (StEM, modules pointing outside)

This model (first from the right, top row) is compared here with some other simple polyhedra folded from the same kind of module. The two octahedra demonstra...

Octahedron (StEM, modules pointing inside)

Octahedron (StEM, modules pointing inside)

This model (first from the right, bottom row) is compared here with some other simple polyhedra folded from the same kind of module. The two octahedra demons...

Octahedron (SEU Sonobe)

Octahedron (SEU Sonobe)

This model (last in bottom row) is shown compared to other models folded from SEU units made from 2:1 and square paper (top and bottom row, respectively). No...

Octahedron (SEU from 2:1 paper)

Octahedron (SEU from 2:1 paper)

This model (last in top row) is shown compared to other models folded from SEU units made from 2:1 and square paper (top and bottom row, respectively). Note ...

Cube (StEM)

Cube (StEM)

This model (second from the left) is compared here with some other simple polyhedra folded from the same kind of module.

Cube (SEU Sonobe)

Cube (SEU Sonobe)

This model (second in bottom row) is shown compared to other models folded from SEU units made from 2:1 and square paper (top and bottom row, respectively).

Cube (SEU from 2:1 paper)

Cube (SEU from 2:1 paper)

This model (second in top row) is shown compared to other models folded from SEU units made from 2:1 and square paper (top and bottom row, respectively).

Menger Sponge (level 2)

Menger Sponge (level 2)

This is a labor-intensive, but very satisfying to fold model. Some people have managed to go as far as level 3 but even level 2 was quite challenging. About ...

Spiked Icosahedron

Spiked Icosahedron

I designed the simple unit used for this model and later learned that it had been already published before by Jose Arley Moreno.

Ticket Menger Sponge

Ticket Menger Sponge

Model folded from Warsaw public transport tickets (back side with magnetic strip visible). 192 modules: 120 for the body and 72 for coating.

Ticket Cube

Ticket Cube

I folded this business card cube from Warsaw public transport tickets rather than from business cards. 12 modules: 6 for the body and 6 for the coating.

Truncated Octahedron

Truncated Octahedron

This was one of my early modifications of the 60° unit. Note that in this modification, the angle at the module’s tip is NOT 60 degrees.

Flower Icosahedron (60°)

Flower Icosahedron (60°)

Compare with a dodecahedron constructed from units modified by me in a similar manner, and with a model with the same structure but using StEM units.

Spiked Icosahedron (Sonobe variant)

Spiked Icosahedron (Sonobe variant)

I think this is my first Sonobe variant. Since it’s one of the simplest modifications possible, it has probably been independently discovered by many others.

Icosahedron

Icosahedron

You can compare this model, which uses straight, unmodified units, with two models made from the same units after slight modification: Flower Icosahedron and...

Umbrella Dodecahedron

Umbrella Dodecahedron

The module, originally designed just for folding this dodecahedron, can be also used for other kinds of models. See, for example, this spiked icosahedron.

Poinsettia Ball

Poinsettia Ball

Model is placed near a real Poinsettia flower for comparison.

Decorated Dodecahedron (Penultimate unit)

Decorated Dodecahedron (Penultimate unit)

This model is made from 90 modules (modified variant for triangular faces). Each face of the dodecahedron is made from a 5-triangle group, where the triangul...

FIT (Five Intersecting Tetrahedra)

FIT (Five Intersecting Tetrahedra)

At only 30 modules, this model is still much more challenging than most models with several times that many units, but also a lot of fun to fold. See the lin...

Truncated Cube (PHiZZ)

Truncated Cube (PHiZZ)

Generally, PHiZZ units are always connected in such way that three modules meet at each vertex. However, one can connect just two modules at some points, thu...

Modified Buckyball (120 edges)

Modified Buckyball (120 edges)

This is my experiment in modular origami made from two different types of units: 60 PHiZZ and 60 Penultimate units. These two kinds of modules are quite simi...

Jitterbug Icosidodecahedron

Jitterbug Icosidodecahedron

You can squeeze this model and transform it into an icosahedron, closing the empty space between units. This is called the jitterbug transformation.

Decorated Icosidodecahedron

Decorated Icosidodecahedron

One of the larger models I have designed, this icosidodecahedron has pentagonal faces made up of small triangular pyramids and triangular faces replaced with...

Klein Bottle

Klein Bottle

This model was quite difficult to design, as the two sides of surfaces made with PHiZZ modules differ a lot (due to the presence of “bumps” where units join)...

Spiked Pentakisdodecahedron (Sonobe)

Spiked Pentakisdodecahedron (Sonobe)

There is one spike placed over two adjacent faces of the pentakisdodecahedron in this model. I haven’t checked if the angles actually add up, so it might be ...

WXYZ

WXYZ

Model is also known as WXYZ Diamonds.

Steinhaus Puzzle

Steinhaus Puzzle

This puzzle, described in Hugo Steinhaus’ book Kalejdoskop matematyczny (Mathematical Snapshots, literally Mathematical Kaleidoscope) consists of six pieces,...

Spiked Icosahedron (Trimodule)

Spiked Icosahedron (Trimodule)

Apart from this basic version, I also made a variant of this model which has additional “fins” on the icosahedron’s edges.

Spiked Icosahedron (Penultimate Unit)

Spiked Icosahedron (Penultimate Unit)

One way of looking at this model is to see it as an icosahedron with a pyramid placed on each triangular face. Another is seeing it as a dodecahedron where e...

Möbius Strip II (Trimodule)

Möbius Strip II (Trimodule)

This is one of the rather few modular origami designs which use an odd number of units. Compare also with another similar model.

Möbius Strip I (Trimodule)

Möbius Strip I (Trimodule)

This is one of the rather few modular origami designs which require an odd number of modules. Compare also with another similar model.

Menger Sponge, level 1½ (Penultimate unit)

Menger Sponge, level 1½ (Penultimate unit)

Thanks to the modules’ shape and the holes created in the spaces between them, this model looks almost like a level 2 Menger sponge even though it is actuall...

Large Icosahedron

Large Icosahedron

This icosahedron has nine triangular pyramids pointing inwards on each face. The same shape can also be described as a truncated icosahedron whose each face ...

Koch Snowflake, level 1 (Trimodule)

Koch Snowflake, level 1 (Trimodule)

A level-1 Koch snowflake is just a simple hexagonal star, and this is the way of connecting the Trimodule units originally suggested in Nick Robinson’s instr...

3D Koch Snowflake (Trimodule)

3D Koch Snowflake (Trimodule)

This fractal is an analogue of the standard Koch snowflake. Level 0 is a tetrahedron. In each iteration, a tetrahedron with half the edge length is placed in...

Blintz Icosidodecahedron

Blintz Icosidodecahedron

There are six intersecting planar surfaces, each in the shape of pentagonal star, in this model. This leads to the most popular coloring with six different c...