For the final event in FPCR’s Go Greener week, our director Keith Nye did a presentation on his recently constructed ‘Wiki House’.
The Wiki House concept is an ‘open source’ model which allows collaborative working through an online community to develop designs and construction techniques for new buildings. The intention is to provide affordable DIY homes that can be constructed from renewable sources.
Keith’s project was initiated by his study whilst at Birmingham University and developed through an FPCR submission to an international RIBA competition entry for new affordable homes at Brighton, where we came 4th.
Keith then decided to start his own project and designed and built his own extension. This started with constructing his own CNC cutting machine which precision cuts sheets of plywood which are then slotted together to create a structural frame, and insulated with sheep’s wool. As with any project, Keith had to overcome Planning issues especially as his house is located within a Conservation Area, but he worked with the local Conservation Officer and Phase 1 is now complete. Keith’s is now planning a larger Phase 2….
Check out the links to our competition entry and other projects recently carried out by our developing Architectural team:
- Hinton Close, Brighton
- The Huts, Eastbourne
- Larwood Park, Kirkby in Ashfield
- Ide Valley, Rural Learning and Visitor Centre, Nottinghamshire
- Burgess Hill, Sussex
Find out more about Wiki houses and structures using the following link: https://wikihouse.cc/about