This Sustainable Tiny House Can Be Built In a Day, Lasts a Lifetime and Is Made of Cardboard (Really!)

Written by on June 3, 2016 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 15 Comments

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A Dutch design firm, Fiction Factory, has released a modular tiny house that is made mostly of cardboard. It’s called Wikkelhouse and it’s cutting-edge, sustainable, and beautiful with constructive strength that is supposed to last over 100 years (as the cardboard is coated to withstand weather wear)

Wikkelhouse can be many different things — a guesthouse, a primary living space, or with it’s unparalled acoustics, a perfect sound studio for recording and music production.

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It’s made of 1.2 meter deep segments that can be easily connected and disconnected. The modular setup makes the house highly flexible. You can add extra segments for more space, and basically create your own floor plan. And you can even change it later. Anything goes.

Each module costs approximately USD $4,500, with a completed version of a basic Wikkelhouse expected to cost around USD $80,000.

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Wikkelhouse was nominated for an ARC15 Innovation Award last year, and the company is now working on an off-grid version.

Rick Buchter of Wikkelhouse says, “Cardboard is such an undervalued material. There is no other building material that is so light, strong and insulating. Most people think of cardboard as a box or a packet of mail. Everyone thinks it can’t be a housing material. But it can. We are just not used to it yet.”


Since Wikkelhouse is sustainably produced and made of materials that have minimal impact on the environment, it is 3x more Eco-friendly than traditional housing. Moreover, the segments can be reused over and over again and are 100% recyclable.

Each Wikkelhouse is built using traditional ‘Old World’ craftsmanship combined with 21st century technology in an Amsterdam workshop. When ready, the segments are transported to the location of your choice and connected on the spot. Most Wikkelhouse designs can be constructed in a day.

With a weight of only 500 kilos per segment,Wikkelhouse doesn’t need a foundation, so it can be placed anywhere you want.

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By the beach, in your backyard, or even on a rooftop. Looking for a change of scenery? Just move this tiny house to a different spot.Since it’s light, and has no foundation, it’s easy to transport.

Wikkelhouse could be a whole new generation of tiny house – simply because it’s creators like to “think outside the box.”

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  1. A cardboard house wouldn’t last a year in Florida thru the rainy season….

    •' Berend says:

      I bet a cardboard house is better suited to withstand the weather in Florida then an avarage american house…

  2. Good idea for the homeless

  3. Wikihouse u mean? We use ply not cardboard but anyway

  4. Tracy Duke Tracy Duke says:

    Watch the weather report before you park it in Oklahoma, or at least don’t be anywhere near it when the weather gets bad.

  5. 80,000 dollars way to expensive

  6.' eric meijer says:

    I saw another Dutch company presenting a steel container house for the price of just e20K with 25 years guarantee. This company has some different types as well. They received good pubilicity by various newspapers. Their slogan is ” a new house for the price of a new car”. The wikkelhouse sounds romantic but i was shocked when i heard the price of these units. So talking about out of the box thinking.

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