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To hear Ben Waechter describe it, origami is fundamentally an exercise in generating character from a plain surface. “You start with a flat piece of paper that has no texture,” the principal of Waechter Architecture says of the centuries-old Japanese art of paper-folding, “and you go through this process of folding it into shapes, which gives it form and shadow.”

Despite working with a palette of inherently unexciting materials, Waechter evokes texture and shadow in abundance at Origami, a multi-unit residential project completed in the summer of 2019 in Portland, Oregon.

The 50-year-old architect, who completed a three-year stint at Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Genoa before founding his eponymous firm in 2007, is in...

Origami Townhouses Densify a Residential Block in Portland

The project, by Waechter Architecture, benefits from pleated surfaces that lend personality.

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