This Cardboard House Was Designed to Last for 100 Years


Wikkelhouse from Amsterdam-based Fiction Factory is a sustainably built, customizable cardboard-based house that was designed to last for up to 100 years.

The flexible structure is designed so that as many individual 54-square-foot segments as you want can link together to form temporary or permanent housing, office space, or pop-up space for retail or festivals.

The patented construction method involves wrapping 24 layers of virgin fiber paperboard made from Scandinavian trees around a house-shaped mold. (The house is named after the Dutch verb wikkelen, meaning “to wrap.”)

Wikkelhouse By Fiction Factory
Picture & © Yvonne Witte

The layers are bonded together with environmentally friendly glue to create “a tough and insulating sandwich structure,” the designers said in a statement, before each segment is covered with a waterproof and breathable foil.

The price of a Wikkelhouse starts at just under $29,000 (for three segments including delivery and installment). The house can be assembled onsite in the space of a day and finished with a glass or closed façade. It is currently available in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, the U.K., and Denmark.

Check out the video below to see the Wikkelhouse under construction.