To put the design solutions for building low-cost, low-energy, high-performance homes into the hands of every citizen and business on earth.
To use digitalisation to make it easier for existing industries to design, invest-in, manufacture and assemble better, more sustainable, more affordable homes for more people.
To grow a new, distributed housing industry, comprising many citizens, communities and small businesses developing homes and neighbourhoods for themselves, reducing our dependence on top-down, debt-heavy mass housing systems.
For more information about WikiHouse contact Ivar Diekerhof
What is the goal of the project?
The aim of the WikiHouse experiment is to make it possible for people to design and build their own home in a sustainable and affordable way. WikiHouse stands for an open source (freely accessible) building system, collaboration in a community, self-building, sustainability and affordability.
What is the result of the project?
There are two phases in the experiment. In the first phase the WikiHouse concept has been further developed to meet the Dutch building regulations. Today, the first WikiHouse has been built in Almere. The WikiHouse was completed in December 2017. First it will function as a show model and after a few months it will be rented out as a social rental dwelling. In the second phase of the experiment around 20 WikiHouses will be built by self builders in Almere. The results of the experiment will be shared nationally and internationally so upscaling can take place.
Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?
The Woningbouwatelier initiated the project. The City of Almere, the Ministry of the Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations and the Central Government Real Estate Agency are the initiators of the Woningbouwatelier. The Woningbouwatelier is part of the Almere2.0 program through which the National Government, the Province of Flevoland and the City of Almere cooperate on the future growth of Almere.
What is the next step?
The second phase of the experiment will see around 20 WikiHouses built by self builders in Almere. The results of the experiment will be shared nationally and internationally so upscaling can take place.
What can other cities learn from your project?
The Woningbouwatelier (‘housing atelier’) brings together new concepts, knowledge and the experience of innovative parties in housing and uses experiments to pursue innovation. It’s ‘innovating by doing’ in living lab Almere. The step to actual realisation distinguishes the Woningbouwatelier from other innovation hubs.