Introducing Wikkelhouse: The “groundbreaking” cardboard house

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Wikkelhouse from Amsterdam-based Fiction Factory is a sustainably built, customizable cardboard-based house that was designed to last for up to 100 years. With no foundation required, the Wikkelhouse, or Wrap House, can be assembled in a single day.

The flexible structure is designed so that as many individual 54-square-foot segments as you want can link together to form temporary or permanent spaces that can be used for housing, office space, or pretty much anything you put your mind too.

Since the Wikkelhouse is sustainably produced and made of materials that have minimal impact on the environment, the designers claim that it is 3x more eco-friendly than traditional housing.

Each section is made from 24 layers of cardboard. These layers are wrapped around a house-shaped mould to achieve a rounded gabled form, before being bonded together with “eco-friendly” superglue to create a robust and insulating shell.

Wikkelhouse_configurationThe Wikkelhouse is super lightweight with each interlocking segment weighing 500 kilogrammes. Despite this, the structure is incredibly durable and has a minimum life span of 50 years.

The wood outer layer is designed to protect the house from all types of weather elements and events. The cardboard layers also provide maximum insulation, cutting down on energy costs for the owner.

The wood outer layer is designed to protect the house from all types of weather elements and events with the cardboard layers providing maximum insulation, cutting down on energy costs for the owner.

Footer-Wikkelhouse-1The cardboard modules are designed to accommodate a kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms, making it fully functional. Each Wikkelhouse is tailor made which means the design can be fully customised, with extra windows, different colour schemes and layouts available. What is more, If you want a larger home, you just add more sections to it.

Customers have the option to pick the inside wall and floor design as well as glazed or opaque facades.

“Wikkelhouse is what you get when an everyday material finds a groundbreaking purpose,” according to the Wikkelhouse website.

“Using cardboard as its main building material, Wikkelhouse is a cutting-edge sustainable house with a beautiful design and exceptional constructive strength.”

You can purchase a Wikkelhouse from around EUR 25.000. If you want one though, you may have to wait quite some time. Fiction Factory only produces 12 homes a year to maintain optimum quality control and the home has been so popular, there is currently a waiting list to buy one.

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