Amag – architecture magazine for children

Art. 01: Pop Up Home

In Arkki article we propose a delightful kirigami – pop up workshop, where pupils can make their own unique colourful homes, simply from one A4 paper.

Actually this workshop utilizes the art and technique of kirigami, a variation of origami that includes cutting of the paper. Kirigami is made out of a single piece of paper whereas Pop ups can have several pieces glued together.

A home is a place of residence, a building for a family. A typical family house across the world has been a single-family detached home. Traditional shapes of the houses are combinations formed by squares and rectangles. Houses can have flat roofs, pitched roofs, saddle roofs, vaulted roofs etc.

Three-dimensional objects are bounded by two-dimensional surfaces – for example a cube is bounded by 6 square faces. In this workshop the pupils can experiment how two-dimensional forms “pop up” to form three-dimensional spaces and masses. This workshop is ideal for experiencing the relationship between forms and space. Creativity is encouraged in designing an interesting and unique home of dreams by considering all the different parts of the house – roof, facades, doors, windows, entrance, yard and garden.

Another dimension can be thinking about the seasons. How does the home look like in different seasons, is there snow in the winter? By making the home different from both sides pupils can also learn about time and changes.

A printed template is provided for this workshop, but the project can as well be made without the template. We recommend free design for pupils over 10 years of age.



Amag! is the architecture magazine for children.

Amag! is a game to cut, tear, destroy…

Amag! consists of  articles: A4 for download, print and play.

Amag! is for all children from 5 to 10 years.

Amag! is an Open Educational Resource (OER) for schools around the world.

Amag! is a building material, as well as a game, and a research tool. Children learn about architecture, playing with the pages of the magazine.

Amag! is an initiative by Maushaus (Carlos Arruti+Anabel Varona, edition) and Rakennetaan kaupunki! (Jorge Raedó, direction).

Collaborate for dissemination in schools: ACVIC, Centre d´Arts ContemporàniesAlvar Aalto MuseumArkitekturmuseet,   Arkkitehtuurikeskus, Canadian Centre for ArchitectureLaafiFundación Museo Jorge OteizaMuseo de Arquitectura Leopoldo Rother,  Museo degli InnocentiProxectoTerra.

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