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. And now, it’s the premise of a new micro home venture from Amsterdam-based design studio Fiction Factory. Recently launched 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.
The interior of the prototype pictured below looks like simple plywood cabin, albeit outfitted with a neat prefab kitchenette and bathroom module. The interior cladding is customizable though. And so is the total footprint of the structure, since the gabled modular units can be added on endlessly, theoretically. A complete Wikkelhouse is expected to cost somewhere $80,000—which sort of gives a new meaning to living in a cardboard box.
Read more: https://www.curbed.com/2016/4/25/11503566/tiny-homes-sustainable-design-wikkelhouse