Folding Pods Study and small-scale design application of deployable structures The quest for architectural space has most probably never been greater than in the present time. Architecture is created at the stake of space, which it encloses. While dwelling space has acquired a more permanent status over time due to evolutionary habits of people, this was not always the case. In the history of mankind deployable structures accompanied them in the quest for new habitable environments. Even in present times activities of people are mostly temporary and time bound, but the structures, which shelter them are permanent with a lifespan exceeding by far the intended use and function and even the owners lifetime. Architectural structures, which are temporary not used still, enclose a precious amount of space. Today architecture aspires at being adaptable to different given circumstances and respond to users needs. The aim of this paper is to test out, the potential of deployable structures designed to encapsulate space when needed by the user and to release space, when not in use by employing folding mechanisms. The theoretical part of the thesis will take a look at Micro-architecture as a means of compressing and condensing functionality. Folding structures will be investigated in order to gain an understanding of different deployment mechanisms. Further, in the practical part the Kresling folding pattern will be tested in a design application aiming to translate the paper folding mechanism into material and load bearing structures with shape-shifting capacity. A small-scale capsule was designed - attached to an existing building, investigating the potential interaction with the built environment and as a modular configurable unit serving as a temporary living / working space in different locations.