“Using cardboard as its main building material, Wikkelhouse is a cutting-edge sustainable house with a beautiful design and exceptional constructive strength.” Fiction Factory
Our featured design this month is the Wikkelhouse, a cardboard-based micro home made by Dutch design studio Fiction Factory.
The minimalist structure – which was designed by Pritzker-winning architect Shigeru Ban – is 100% recyclable and three times more eco-friendly than traditional housing.
The beauty of the Wikkelhouse is that it has a flexible modular design which enables it to be adapted and expanded to meet the changing needs of its inhabitants. Its lightweight construction means that it can also be easily transported and assembled in 1-2 days. So it can be located pretty much anywhere and moved to a different location if necessary.
Optimal insulation is achieved through the Wikkelhouse’s unique patented fabrication method. Each module is created by wrapping 24 layers of high-strength cardboard around a house-shaped mould – hence the name Wikkelhouse, which translates literally as ‘wrapper house’.
The durable cardboard layers are joined with an eco-friendly glue and a breathable waterproof membrane is applied to the exterior. According to Fiction Factory, the Wikkelhouse has a potential to last for decades before the membrane needs renewing – and the overall lifespan could be up to 100 years.
With a starting price of €25,000, the Wikkelhouse offers an attractive, affordable eco-friendly housing solution, and is currently available in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, UK and Denmark.
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Photo credits: Wikkelhouse, Fiction Factory, Yvonne Witte
- On 1st October 2016