Perhaps not yet, but in the future, it could be.
For many people who are homeless or struggling, a cardboard home might seem like the last possible option. However, in the hands of an architect that knows how to create beauty out of nearly nothing, it is a beautiful testament to what you can do with paper...and some plywood, time, and super glue.
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This new house is called Wikkelhouse and wasn't made to help the homeless. Instead, it was made to be 100% recyclable. The idea was developed by an Amsterdam-based designer named Shigeru Ban, who is known for his innovations with paper products and won the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.
If you check out the exterior, it looks pretty luxurious. The walls are really thick (and safe) because they are made up of 24 layers of strong cardboard that have been bonded with eco-friendly super glue. The entire house is covered with a waterproof coating, so you can use it in areas where there is rain or snow. Finally, the entire thing is stained so that it doesn't look like cardboard, but rather wood.
When you get inside, there are plywood fixtures that make for a cozy but still modernized feel. It includes a functioning kitchen, bathroom, and even a wood burning stove.
Though it is a bit on the small side, Wikkelhouse is modular which means that it can be expanded if you want some more room. Supposedly, the design will last 100 years. The entire house is recyclable and has been made with recyclable materials - mostly tires.
For now, the project is still quite expensive, coming in at upwards of $80,000. However, as more and more people catch on, it could be that the prices will go down. Now you just have to find land to put it on.
Check out the video below for more information about the new home:
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