This tiny cardboard house takes 1 day to build and can last 100 years

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Most people would never think of cardboard as a suitable building material. Believe it or not, its being used for remarkable feats of architectural design. Award winning architects have found a way to use cardboard to produce remarkably sturdy, and reliable shelters. With a multitude of applications such as disaster relief, or easing the burden of a staggering homeless population. Dutch design studio Fiction Factory has come up with a design for a tiny microhome usimg cardboard that they claim can last up to one hundred years.






Called the Wikkelhouse (which translates to “wrapper house”), the home is made out of tough, sturdy corrugated cardboard panels that have been adhered together with a non toxic, environmentally friendly glue.



Heres how it works: The glued layers of cardboard are  wrapped around one of the dwelling’s pre fabricrated modular segments 24 times using a large spindle, resulting in a strong and relatively well-insulated structure.


This 1.2-meter (47 inches) thick, 500-kilogram (1,100 pounds) modules are then combined, and assembled to construct a larger structure, without the need for a permanent foundation. The modular design allows for a wide range of size, an almost infinite number of layout designs, and ease of customization and assembly.


After transporting the modules to the site, assembly is very quick dompared to traditional structures, only taking around one or two days to complete the assembly. In order to keep out the elements, the cardboard is then coated with a waterproof, breathable film called Miotex and finished with an open fa├žade siding system of pine slats. 

According to the company, Wikkelhouses are expected to last for decades, as long as the miotex coating is reapplied at least every thirty years; but the modules can be transported almost anywhere you can imagine to be reused and are mostly recyclable. Adding to its already eco friendly design.


Because of its flexibility in the way it can be assembled, Windows can be added on anywhere. Different areas like kitchen, bathroom and shower are added via “smart home-segments”, while the interiors are finished with plywood panelling for the walls, resulting in a minimalist but natural, rustic, inviting atmosphere.






Each individual module costs approximately USD $4,500, with a completed version of a basic Wikkelhouse expected to cost around USD $80,000. While not entirely cost effective at this point, its still quite a bit cheaper, and more eco friendly than traditional homes. The idea is an intriguing contemporary design for a microhome, it’s a fascinating new way to transform simple cardboard into a durable, multi functional resource for homes.

Wikkelhouse was nominated for an ARC15 Innovation Award last year, and the company is now working on an off-grid, more self sustainable model. Cardboard is such an undervalued material in today’s society. Most people think of it as disposable, and no good for anything other than boxes. A little innovation proves that simply is not the case, and that cardboard is far more valuable than we have realized up to this point.

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23 comments:

  1. wonder what the insulation factor would be for cold Canadian winters

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  2. This is a farce at best. $80,000 USD for a tiny house? The cost per square foot is outrageous compared to typical building materials.

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    1. I agree, it should be cheeper, 50/60k may be....I love the design and the concept, it's great....Would love to have one, but not for 80k....

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  3. I think it is amazing and innovative. Bravo.

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  4. Great idea. As they become more popular the price per square foot will come down. Would love to see some close up. Will you be attending any shows or exhibitions in the UK?

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  5. Yeah! I'm sure the homeless can afford THAT!!!

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  6. A very attractive and clever building. Congratulations to the designers and engineers.

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  7. A very attractive and clever building. Congratulations to the designers and engineers.

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  8. Still uses trees. Make the cardboard from hemp. Stronger and infinitely sustainable. Cheaper as well.

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  9. Magic GLUE? Hmmmmmmm, toxicity quota please??

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  10. ok you go out and buy rolls of cardboard and glue the one piece modular structure together. cost of building that giant modular machine is the issue. just sell me the glue and the sealant. i can fund my own cardboard and my own shape. thanks for the idea.

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  11. It doesn't say how windproof it is, I would like to know that. Where is the bathroom?

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  12. They should also add solar power and a bathroom, then it'll be worth that price they're trying to get now.

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  13. Great in tornadoes and hurricanes?

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  14. Lasts 100 years and may not be a common/practical/affordable option for another 100 years, but in 1968 we were introduced to the satellite phone in Star Trek and here we are now 50 years later and they are available, if not common or universally affordable. It's all a matter of patience and perspective. Live for the moment first, then dream of days of future past.

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  15. Think it would make for a wonderful houseboat... :)

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  16. ... found a typo.............assembly is very quick (( dompared ))

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  18. The cost is ridiculous. For $80,000 there are places I can buy an existing house in good condition, with 2 bedrooms and a basement. As a matter of fact, I know a few places I can buy two houses for that, move in ready. This is just trendy, and as with anything trendy, it's pricey. I'll pass, thanks.

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  19. ha !
    80 grand for a cardboard miniature house.

    depending on location, as the other person posted, you can buy a real house with land for that, and if a modular or mobile home is considered, (which I would equate about the same as a cardboard house) you can buy several acres of land, with well and septic already in and a 5 yr old modular home for less than $80K

    I know of a 3 bedroom 2 bath modular home on an acre, in north Georgia with water and septic on a paved road for sale for $45K

    and for $80K you can get a house made from brick not cardboard, and the land its built on too.

    how can a a cardboard house possibly cost anywhere near $80K?

    you sure y'all didnt accidentally add a zero on the end?

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  20. Its a dumb as those tiny house TV shows,

    you can buy a real house for what people pay for a 8x18 flatbed trailer with a fancy toolshed built on it.

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  21. It's really a great innovation and discover that cardboard being used for remarkable feats of architectural design. Great intellectual architect design. It seems that windows can be added on anywhere. Thanks for sharing this great informative article. I think this cardboard is very effective and useful to build attractive high quality trailers. Thanks for sharing this article.

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