Cardboard Homes

September 1, 2016

wikkelhouse cardboard house

Although the construction industry has made great advances towards energy conservation in buildings, less has been done in the area of sustainable construction material, which is why the cardboard Wikkelhouse is such an interesting venture.

Dutch design studio Fiction Factory designed this tiny microhome, called the Wikkelhouse (which translates to “wrapper house”), and made it out of tough, sturdy corrugated cardboard panels that have been adhered together with a non toxic, environmentally friendly glue. In order to keep out the elements, the cardboard is coated with a waterproof, breathable film called Miotex and finished with an open façade siding system of pine slats. Miotex consists of 2 layers of polypropylene and 2 layers of polyurethane and, according to the company, Wikkelhouses should last for decades, as long as the miotex coating is reapplied at least every thirty years.

Wikkelhouse was nominated for an ARC15 Innovation Award, and the company is now working on an off-grid, more self sustainable model.



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