Houses made from cardboard? Really? It’s true, and these people are making them

Wikkelhouse, a little house made from cardboard by Fiction Factory

© Wikkelhouse

 

Would you believe us if we told you that this little home, named the Wikkelhouse, was actually made out of cardboard? That’s exactly what the Dutch design company Fiction Factory have spent the last four years designing, creating and perfecting.

Here’s how it all comes together.

 

First, they came up with a modular shape, shown here in this tiny model.

Wikkelhouse, a little house made from cardboard by Fiction Factory

© Wikkelhouse / Yvonne Witte

To build a full-size Wikkelhouse, they use large rolls of recycled corrugated cardboard.

Wikkelhouse, a little house made from cardboard by Fiction Factory

© Wikkelhouse

That cardboard is then fed into a machine…

Wikkelhouse, a little house made from cardboard by Fiction Factory

© Wikkelhouse

Where it receives a coating of eco-friendly adhesive.

Wikkelhouse, a little house made from cardboard by Fiction Factory

© Wikkelhouse / Yvonne Witte

Once the adhesive has been applied, the cardboard is then wrapped around a full-size frame.

Wikkelhouse, a little house made from cardboard by Fiction Factory

© Wikkelhouse

The glued cardboard is wrapped around the frame 24 times, making it very strong.

Wikkelhouse, a little house made from cardboard by Fiction Factory

© Wikkelhouse

The frame is rotated, allowing the cardboard to be made into the right shape.

Wikkelhouse, a little house made from cardboard by Fiction Factory

© Wikkelhouse

Once the Wikkelhouse, which means “Wrapping House” in Dutch, has the cardboard frame, they then finish it with a coating to make it waterproof, and wood paneling to protect it, just like a normal house.

Wikkelhouse, a little house made from cardboard by Fiction Factory

© Wikkelhouse

Inside, the cardboard frame is covered with wooden panels, and can be decorated however you wish.

Wikkelhouse, a little house made from cardboard by Fiction Factory

© Wikkelhouse / Yvonne Witte

Due to it being modular, it can be installed in just a single day.

Wikkelhouse, a little house made from cardboard by Fiction Factory

© Wikkelhouse / Yvonne Witte

The design can also be customized, if you want a larger home, you just add more sections to it.

Wikkelhouse, a little house made from cardboard by Fiction Factory

© Wikkelhouse / Yvonne Witte

There are even modules that have a bathroom and kitchen built-in too.

Wikkelhouse, a little house made from cardboard by Fiction Factory

© Wikkelhouse / Yvonne Witte

The Wikkelhouse is completely made from sustainable and recyclable components, so it can be recycled in the future.

Wikkelhouse, a little house made from cardboard by Fiction Factory

© Wikkelhouse / Yvonne Witte

To learn more, you can visit their website, or watch the video below.


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