WikiHouse has unveiled the world’s first open source, digitally printed two-storey home as part of this year’s London Design Festival.
Titled WikiHouse 4.0, the building is a demonstration of the WikiHouse open source platform that allows anyone to download, adapt, 3D print and assemble a home in just a few days for less than $100,000.
A team of volunteers helped build the WikiHouse 4.0 prototype, which for the first time features a second storey roof top terrace.
The interior layers of the building have been left exposed in some places to exhibit how the CNC manufactured timber structure has been constructed.
Also on display is the use of Tyvek waterproofing and Equitone fibre cement cladding.
The open source electrical components incorporated in the prototype are all low-voltage “plug-and-play” technologies that are adjustable with a browser-based control system that works through the building’s wifi.
An Open MVHR heat recovery unit developed by Arup and built using 3D printed components and aluminium sheet from beer cans is among the open source systems installed in the house.
All WikiHouse 4.0 design and code is freely shared at on the WikiHouse Foundation website and GitHub page.
The house prototype will be on display at The Building Centre until September 26th.
Courtesy Arch Daily