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Published 03 Oct 2014

WikiHouse 10 Design Principles

By WikiHouse

These are the guiding principles for building your own WikiHouse.

"WikiHouse is a open source construction set. The 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."

Source: WikiHouse Guide for Designers

  1. Be lazy like a fox

    Rather than solving problems from scratch, adapt other people's solutions, and then give them credit. Linus Torvalds thought of this phrase.

  2. Design for materials and components which are reasonably cheap to buy, low-carbon and fully recyclable or biodegradable.

  3. Design is disruptive when it lowers the threshold

    Design structures which can be assembled with minimal formal skill or training, and without the use of power tools.

  4. WikiHouses should be capable of being habitable throughout the year, and as efficient as possible in the use of energy and water

    We are working to get to the first habitable WikiHouse prototype built in the near future.

  5. Design in such a way as to offer maximum provision for the safety, security and health (both mental and physical) of the users at all stages of the structure's life.

  6. Design for the climate, culture, economy and legal / planning framework in which you live, and you know best

    As a general rule, design for the climate, culture, economy and legal / planning framework in which you live, and you know best. Others will then be able to adapt the design to suit their environment.

  7. Share your work as much and as openly as possible, it might come back better

    At very least you'll have contributed to solving a common problem. All components on WikiHouse are shared under a creative commons license, and authors are always attributed.

  8. "It is easier to ship recipes than cakes and biscuits" - John Maynard Keynes

  9. Design to dismantle

    The easier it is to dismantle structures or replace individual parts, the better.

  10. Design for mistakes

    Try to design components which either make it impossible for the assembler to get it wrong or are designed in such a way that it doesn't matter if they do.

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