Living in a Cardboard Box?

Over the years at Holmes Mann we have been called upon to make cardboard boxes for a multitude of purposes. In fact, we pride ourselves on being able to produce boxes to exactly meet your specifications, whatever they may be. We have not, however, been asked to design a cardboard box house – yet!

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That’s not as random a statement as it may first seem, as we’ve been reading this week about a tiny house that has been created in Italy. You might think that living inside what is effectively a cardboard box is a sign of having fallen on hard times, but this is not always the case, as Nido House proves. This little property (actual image not featured) surprisingly makes the whole idea seem rather appealing.

The tiny off-grid property has a solar power system, along with a system for rain-water recovery, and can be created in a range of sizes and designs.

It is not the first time that houses have been made out of cardboard. Wikkelhouse recently revealed its creation, and cardboard is renowned for its versatility, being used for everything from packaging materials to creating bike helmets and homeless shelters.

This new Nido House, meanwhile, is the brainchild of Francesca Fadalti, an Italian architect, along with colleague Michela Romano. Ultimately, the house will be available to buy flat-packed on a pallet and in a choice of three sizes – 16sq m, 19.6sq m and 23.2sq m. Buyers will be able to choose how they want the exterior of the house to be customised by choosing from a range of colours and designs.

Customers will also have the choice of how they want their house to look inside. This will depend on how it will be used. The creators suggest that it could be used as a small house in its own right or as an office, an additional storeroom or a bedroom. They could also be used as shelters for refugees, say the makers.

The houses are recyclable and are created using a cardboard core that is covered in a type of protective film and a covering of recyclable plastic made into a vinyl-like material.

They aim to be quick to assemble and can be heated using a wood-burning stove. They have a composting toilet and can generate enough power to run devices such as laptops and phones. They can also have a shower added if required.

Full details of the houses have not yet been released, although Romano and Fadalti have already launched a temporary hotel business, where a Nido House TH is installed at an unconventional location for a period of around 120 days.

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