Folding the House

We fold houses and explain architecture


authors: Urška Bertok, Jan Jazbec, Katja Martinčič, Tadej Pavlič, Urh Urbančič
mentors: Martina Malešič, Anja Planišček
consultants: Josip Konstantinović and Gašper Medvešek (Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana)
technical support: Alen Bubanja, Ivan Turk (RPS), students of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Ljubljana (from the university’s Constructions 1 and 2 classes)
technology: 3D printing, laser cutting
materials: ABS plastic, plexi glass, synthetic dust and binding material

The models of five buildings built between 1945 and 1975 are a result of an intense research study project by Trajekt, Institute for Spatial Culture, which wishes to spread and broaden the knowledge of Slovenian architectural heritage from this period. Even though this was a period in which Slovenian architecture achieved exceptionally high quality, this architectural period is now neglected and many buildings are in a pitiable state, some of them have even been demolished. Conceived as accessories for learning about the architectural design of buildings, the models provide us with the possibility of recognising the quality of the originals. While folding these fold-ups into shape, we get to know the spatial structure and construction of the buildings. The models can be used as teaching accessories in schools, museums and at home. They can also be used on the general market, as souvenirs and miniatures, for instance, that would promote Slovenian architecture.

Photo: Branko Čeak and Jože Maček