The Wikkelhouse was designed and built by a small Company in Amsterdam that started up as a theatre scenery Company in 1989.
The simplicity of its design is overwhelming, yet fascinating. The full-width glass facade screams modern while the round features make you think high-quality and excellent craftsmanship.
The Wikkelhouse comes in visible segments, with no shame whatsoever.
Wikkelhouses in Stayokay campsite.
Wikkelhouse in Stayokay campsite.
Wikkelhouse in Stayokay campsite - closeup of the entrance.
Wikkelhouse in Rotterdam Red Apple Marina.
Smooth plywood shets wrap around the entire building envelope and give the house a unique look that feels premium and solid.
This calls for a very loooooooong house!
This allows putting together a personalized version of the Wikkelhouse.
Wikkelhouse interior - kitchen module.
Wikkelhouse interior - living room.
Wikkelhouse interior - large living room.
Wikkelhouse interior - stove.
Wikkelhouse - the full system.
The entire house is installed on a chassis made of concrete blocks and wooden beams. The house is very lightweight (more on that in a moment) and, thanks to this particular characteristic, the chassis can be placed on leveled and compacted ground, requiring no foundations.
High-five to Dutch inventors!
Now, the truly remarkable innovation here is another one:
The Manufacturer declares a wall U-value of approximately 0.29 W/m2K (R = 3.5).
U-value of windows is declared as 0.24 W/m2K (R = 4.2).
Wikkelhouse - section of the cardboard wall.
Once the glue has hardened, the steel framework is removed and the segment is ready for finishing.
Wikkelhouse - cardboard gluing.
Wikkelhouse - rolling of the cardboard wall.
The main characteristics of the Wikkelhouse, as described by the Producer, are:
- 100% recyclable;
- 3X more eco-friendly than traditional houses;
- exceptional constructive strength;
- optimal insulation qualities;
- unequaled acoustics;
- expected life-cycle of 50 years minimum;
- no foundation needed.
Wikkelhouse - view of one segment (module).
Wikkelhouse - assembling of the bathroom module.
Thanks to the standard size of the modules of 1.2m, two modules can be transported side by side, amounting to a total depth of 2.4m. The set of two modules fits perfectly on a standard truck (see image below).
Widthwise, one standard trailer can also carry two modules (see image below).
Overall, up to four modules can be loaded onto one standard truck.
Wikkelhouse - transport of four segments.
Wikkelhouse - lifting one segment.
Wikkelhouse - installation of segments on-site.
Once assembled, the house is already finished on the inside and the owner can immediately move in.
Wikkelhouse - installation detail.
this modular system comes indeed with a number of advantages:
- ease of transport;
- reasonable cost per square meter;
- beautiful modern design;
At the moment of writing the Wikkelhouse is available only in the following Countries: the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, the U.K., Denmark.
The Manufacturer claims this is due to transport and installation costs. We are a bit skeptic about that and we tend to believe it is more of a marketing move.
In fact, Fiction Factory decided to play the scarcity card, manufacturing only 20 houses per year.
This is clearly stated on their home page.
Wikkelhouse - screenshot of waiting list from wikkelhouse.com.
We would like to believe that once they figure out which is the real demand for the product and which is their real production capacity, they will start to manufacture more houses... so that one can order the house and get it in a few weeks like it happens for any other factory made product.
Perhaps we'll see this happen... together with a sensible raise of the price.
We'll be here ready to cover their progress with an update.
Photo Credits (all photos): Yvonne Witte.