A house made of cardboard seems like it’d be a temporary structure at best, but Dutch designers Fiction Factory have managed to create a sustainable dwelling out of the heavy-duty paper. They spent the past four years perfecting Wikkelhouse (translated, it means “Wrapping House”), which uses large rolls of recycled corrugated cardboard to form its walls and roof.
The production of Wikkelhouse starts on a giant machine, where a coating of eco-friendly adhesive is applied to the long roll of cardboard. Afterwards, the material is wrapped and rotated 24 times around a frame to ensure its strength, durability, and that it has the correct shape. Once the initial structure is assembled, it’s covered with a waterproofing material and finished with exterior wood panelling.
Wikkelhouse is a modular design and fully customizable to a resident’s preferences. A larger building, for instance, can be created by simply adding more sections onto the frame. It’s seen here as a beach bungalow or work space in the woods, but Wikkelhouse can accommodate a kitchen and bathroom for permanent living. Learn more about this dwelling in the video, below.