WRAPPING A HOUSE
The Wikkelhuis (Dutch for winding house) is a revolutionary way of building small houses. Both production process and product are unique, a house produced by wrapping sheet material around a mould. It can be done with paper, cork, aluminum, as long as it’s available on roll. The machine produces segments and several segments form a house. It all started some 20 years ago with the invention of a cardboard crate for transporting tomatoes, invented by René Snel. The crate proofed to be a big success and therefore René decided to upscale the crate to a complete house. Over the years several prototypes were made, even a Wikkelboat, which sailed the IJsselmeer. Last summer the Wikkelhuis got further developed by the Amsterdam based construction studio Fiction Factory. They have build and installed the first Wikkelhuis at Schiphol last November, where it functions as a semi permanent office space. But the Wikkelhuis has much more potential… wrapping low-cost houses around the world!