The Wikihouse is a project initiated back in 2011 by Alastair Parvin and Nick Ierodiaconou. The initial house was presented in the Gwangju Design Biennale and it was the result of their commitment towards a more democratic city and architecture. The Wikihouse empowers the citizens to participate in the construction of their city by simplifying the house building and design process, creating therefore a kind of D.I.Y. architecture.
The formal result of this idea is a set of wood modules which can be easily milled and assembled. The mill drawings of the different parts are available for download in the wiki-site of the project and anyone with access to a CNC mill can cut and assemble a wikihouse. As the modules don’t require any technical expertise to be assembled, the project can be reproduced and adapted to different locations around the globe. The only obstacle is the access to the CNC mill, a machine which is definitely unaffordable in many regions of the world.
Wikihouse is an open source construction set. It’s aim is to allow anyone to design, download, and “print” CNC-milled houses and components, which can be assembled with minimal formal skill or training.
The project also takes into account all the environmental factors that affect the architecture. The idea is to offer a solution which is also environmentally friendly, reducing the energy consumption and optimizing the scarce resources like the water. Wikihouse won recently the TED City 2.0 award and it points a very interesting path towards a open source, D.I.Y. architecture and design. To see more pictures click here.