We've seen a lot of cool CNC-milled objects in our day, but what about a whole house? That's what UK design firm 00:/ took on when they constructed their WikiHouse at La Rinascente during the Milan Furniture Fair. WikiHouse is an open-source platform that allows designers from all over the world to design, download and share housing templates that are cut out using a CNC milling machine. Hit the jump to see a quick video by Alice Masters, which shows the 00:/ team putting together the first ever zero-bolt prototype of WikiHouse on the shop floor of one of Milan's most renowned department stores.
WikiHouse places emphasis on using locally-sourced materials in a design that is easy to construct so that just about anyone can build their own home. Notice that the designers at La Rinascente aren’t using any power tools. Instead, all of the cut pieces are laid out on the floor like a jigsaw puzzle and gradually put together sans bolts – a process that requires minimum skill.
Once the structure is erected, it is ready for insulation, cladding, sealing and services. WikiHouse operates under the creative commons license and encourages people to share solutions widely and based on their unique climatic conditions. If you want to design and share your own home, check out the WikiHouse website and join their growing community.