A Dutch design firm created a house that's made out of cardboard and built to last for a century

Cardboard is usually thought of as disposable and temporary, but a design firm in Amsterdam uses the humble material to build houses that are supposed to last for 100 years.

It’s called a Wikkelhouse, and it’s the flagship creation of the whimsical firm, Fiction Factory.

Wikkelhouses aren't just made out of regular old cardboard. They're made by wrapping 24 layers of high-quality paperboard around a house-shaped frame. In fact, the Dutch verb 'wikkelen' means 'to wrap.'

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The layers are bonded together, and finally the whole thing is covered with a waterproof, breathable foil that provides protection from the elements.

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A single segment of a Wikkelhouse is 54-square-feet large, and multiple pieces can be linked together to create a larger space.

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They can serve as temporary or permanent housing, as well as retail or office space.

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Fiction Factory claims that they are three times more sustainable than traditional construction methods.

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Wikkelhouses are only available in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Denmark. It costs $29,000 for three segments.

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