Launched last year after years of development, the Wikkelhouse is constructed from wrapping 24 layers of high-strength cardboard around a gable-house-shaped mold (” wikkel” means “wrapper” in Dutch.) The resulting structure, which is completely recyclable and expected to last 100 years, is then topped with a waterproof coating and wood paneling. (Article continues below slideshow.).
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2016 and has been updated with the most recent information.
The first Wikkelhouse builds show a simple plywood cabin, outfitted with a neat prefab kitchenette and bathroom module. A complete Wikkelhouse starts from about $41,000 (excluding transportation and installation), giving new meaning to living in a cardboard box.
Humble cardboard has been the unorthodox material of choice for Pritzker-winning architect Shigeru Ban, who’s already built a cathedral, pavilion, and hut from the stuff. It’s also the premise of a new micro home venture from Amsterdam-based design studio Fiction Factory.
Far, the company has already installed the structures in both urban and rural environments, including at the edge of a Dutch national park for a Netherlands hostel chain, at Amber Lakes, a nature reserve close to London, on the rooftop of a former coal storage facility in London, and in a Rotterdam marina.
Curious how it all comes together? Watch this video of a Wikkelhouse installation in the Netherlands.