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FRIDAY FUNNIES: More than a shoebox

By Michael Crawford
26 September 2014 | 1 minute read

London’s Design Festival last week saw the new direction in ‘DIY’ housing anyone can build without any construction skills.

The two-storey prototype house, which can be manufactured and assembled in only days is an example of the fruits of WikiHouse – an open source platform for sharing house designs.

The ‘WikiHouse 4.0’ costs less than £50,000 (approx. AU$92,395) and uses CNC-manufactured timber, Tyvek waterproofing and fibre cement cladding. Aluminium sheeting used in the build was made from recycled beer cans and all electrical systems work through the building’s wifi and are controlled through an app.

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WikiHouse co-founder Alastair Parvin said the build was made to challenge urban planners, landowners and policymakers to think differently about land or building costs.

 

Credit: Image Courtesy of The Building Centre

Credit: Image Courtesy of The Building Centre

Credit: Image Courtesy of The Building Centre

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FRIDAY FUNNIES: More than a shoebox
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