Paper City

Charles Young from Edinburgh is the architect of a paper mini-city, called “Paperholm.” Every day, he constructs one miniature paper building to add to his ever-growing metropolis. “This project is a means for me to test my creativity and to develop my skills as a model-maker.” Charles says he’s going to continue with Paperholm, making houses and building on a daily basis, for at least a year.

Sometimes, Charles bases his paper houses on buildings he has seen, while other times, he starts from scratch. In his construction, he uses watercolor paper, glue and sometimes pins. “The paper I use is both flexible and strong, which enables me to put structures together in real detail – something that wouldn’t be possible with another material.”

All the buildings created so far can be seen on Charles’ website, complete with stop-frame animations. Of course, in reality, the buildings cannot actually move  (for one, they’re far too small), but Charles uses the stop-motion technique for his films and moves the buildings etc bit by bit by hand in between each photographed frame to create the illusion of a moving scene.