Have you heard of Wikkelhouse? I am betting ‘no’. Designed in the Netherlands, it is a modular housing scheme entirely made of cardboard! The modules are designed and built in Amsterdam and can be delivered and constructed to most of continental Europe.
Many layers of cardboard are sandwiched together (twenty four in total with a middle layer of wood with a pipe running through it for utilities), and all sandwiched together with eco efficient glue. A ‘raincoat’ is then wrapped around it to make it watertight and the inner layer is coated with ply wood for a minimalist look. Wikkelhouse designs can be adapted to individual needs.
This ingenious module is then divided into segments that can be bolted together as desired. A kitchen segment, a bathroom segment, living, dining, bedroom – anything you desire. What a great idea! Window placements are optional and even a wood burning stove can be included. The whole build is then made fire retardant.
The most amazing thing about the Wikkelhouse is that all the modules are rounded with no corners visible at all. Cardboard lends itself to this type of construction as bent and rounded it is much stronger than traditional corners and straight panels. This cutting edge, sustainable build is definitely a new way forward in building design and techniques.
This wonderful imaginative system needs no foundation and you can place the Wikkelhouse anywhere. They may even become fashionable as an easy answer to the housing crisis. It can be delivered and bolted together in days, and apart from the rather long delivery time of approximately eight months from order to delivery is a super fast way of supplying extra living or working space. It is also very affordable with a small build costing around 50,000 euros.