Living in a box: incredible cardboard homes

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The ultimate eco-friendly living spaces, upcycled cardboard houses are cheap, quick to assemble and surprisingly resilient, not to mention super-warm and cozy. From ultra-sustainable dwellings in France to Japan’s post-earthquake paper pad, check out our pick of cardboard homes from around the world.Slide 1 of 31: The ultimate eco-friendly living spaces, upcycled cardboard houses are cheap, quick to assemble and surprisingly resilient, not to mention super-warm and cozy. From ultra-sustainable dwellings in France to Japan's post-earthquake paper pad, check out our pick of cardboard homes from around the world.

BAT’IPAC HOMES, FRANCE

French firm Bat’Ipac has pioneered the use of a special type of honeycomb cardboard invented by amateur architect Hubert Lê in 2005. The wonder material, which is 100% recycled and recyclable, is ultra hard-wearing, water-resistant and hypoallergenic, plus it provides excellent heat and sound insulation.
Slide 2 of 31: French firm Bat'Ipac has pioneered the use of a special type of honeycomb cardboard invented by amateur architect Hubert Lê in 2005. The wonder material, which is 100% recycled and recyclable, is ultra hard-wearing, water-resistant and hypoallergenic, plus it provides excellent heat and sound insulation.

BAT’IPAC HOMES, FRANCE

The first Bat’Ipac buildings were commissioned by a horse-riding center on the outskirts of Paris and completed in December 2010. The simple boxy structures were speedily assembled in under three months – homes built using the special cardboard-based material are extra fast to construct.
Slide 4 of 31: The first Bat'Ipac buildings were commissioned by a horse-riding center on the outskirts of Paris and completed in December 2010. The simple boxy structures were speedily assembled in under three months – homes built using the special cardboard-based material are extra fast to construct.

L’ÎLOT CARTON GUESTHOUSE, FRANCE

A homage to all things cardboard, this one-bedroom Bat’Ipac home extension guesthouse was built in 2013. Located on Belle-Île, a windswept island off the coast of Brittany, the tougher than it looks structure has weathered its fair share of fierce Atlantic storms.
Slide 7 of 31: A homage to all things cardboard, this one-bedroom Bat'Ipac home extension guesthouse was built in 2013. Located on Belle-Île, a windswept island off the coast of Brittany, the tougher than it looks structure has weathered its fair share of fierce Atlantic storms.

L’ÎLOT CARTON GUESTHOUSE, FRANCE

If you’re curious about living in a sustainable cardboard home, why not try before you buy? L’Îlot Carton is available to rent out from $84 (£67) a night. The price includes breakfast and the use of a charming treehouse bedroom.
Slide 11 of 31: If you're curious about living in a sustainable cardboard home, why not try before you buy? L'Îlot Carton is available to rent out from $84 (£67) a night. The price includes breakfast and the use of a charming treehouse bedroom.

WIKKELHOUSE, THE NETHERLANDS

Wikkelhouse is all about sustainability. Each fuel-efficient home is built using materials that have a minimal impact on the environment, and the segments are completely recyclable. According to the manufacturer’s blurb, Wikkelhouse is three times more eco-friendly than a conventional home.
Slide 16 of 31: Wikkelhouse is all about sustainability. Each fuel-efficient home is built using materials that have a minimal impact on the environment, and the segments are completely recyclable. According to the manufacturer's blurb, Wikkelhouse is three times more eco-friendly than a conventional home.

THE CARDBOARD HOUSE, AUSTRALIA

This clever cardboard house featured at the Houses of the Future exhibition at the Melbourne Docklands in 2004. Rocking a bargain price tag of $26,000 (£21k), the environmentally sensitive home is made from 85% recycled and 100% recyclable materials.
Slide 17 of 31: This clever cardboard house featured at the Houses of the Future exhibition at the Melbourne Docklands in 2004. Rocking a bargain price tag of $26,000 (£21k), the environmentally sensitive home is made from 85% recycled and 100% recyclable materials.

THE CARDBOARD HOUSE, AUSTRALIA

A collaboration between the Ian Buchan Fell Housing Research Unit and a group of architects including Peter Stutchbury and Richard Smith, the house is made pretty much entirely out of cardboard, which is protected from the elements by a recyclable plastic coating.
Slide 18 of 31: A collaboration between the Ian Buchan Fell Housing Research Unit and a group of architects including Peter Stutchbury and Richard Smith, the house is made pretty much entirely out of cardboard, which is protected from the elements by a recyclable plastic coating.

THE CARDBOARD HOUSE, AUSTRALIA

While it is built to last, the Cardboard House has been designed to act as a temporary structure rather than a permanent home. It would be the ideal place to stay if, for instance, your home was being renovated.
Slide 21 of 31: While it is built to last, the Cardboard House has been designed to act as a temporary structure rather than a permanent home. It would be the ideal place to stay if, for instance, your home was being renovated.

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