This House Is Made From Cardboard

Images: Wikkelhouse
Images: Wikkelhouse

Welcome to the Wikkelhouse, a building that’s made not from concrete, brick or wood—but cardboard.

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The building is made from a series of modular pieces that stack next to each other like the slices of a loaf of bread. In profile it looks like the kind of stereotypical house a child might draw on paper, but each 4-foot portion is actually a continuous loop made from 24 layers of corrugated cardboard. Its outer surface has waterproof membrane to keep it from getting soggy, while the interior has a thin layer of wood to make it durable.

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Each section is made by shaping the materials around a specially designed mould. The final modules each weigh around 1,100 pounds, and can be chosen to include a kitchen or bathroom section, to create a customized living space like the one you can see below.

The structures are built on a chassis rather than foundations, so they can be moved if need be, and they’re designed to last for around 50 years. It’s the kind of semi-permanent structure that many architects have been experimenting with in recent years, but it’s a more polished final product than, say, WikiHouse.

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It’s not perfect, of course: It only comes in one width and if the outer surface becomes damaged then you could find yourself in a whole world of crumbling, soggy pain. But it’s a neat idea nonetheless.

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You can contact Wikkelhouse directly if you want to try and build one yourself.

[Wikkelhouse via Dezeen]

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Contributing Editor at Gizmodo. An ex-engineer writing about science and technology.

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DISCUSSION

SmugAardvark
SmugAardvark

Isn’t corrugated cardboard a haven for insects such as cockroaches and silverfish? I also would have concerns in having a wood furnace inside a house that is structurally composed entirely out of flammable substances.

I’m sure the engineers have worked all this out to some degree, but I would still be skeptical about longevity.