10/30 Open source tiny house built from Lego-like components kicking off next month

prototype of Extraordinary Structures Wikihouse

prototype of Extraordinary Structures Wikihouse


“We’re interested in manufacturing the components that can be rapidly assembled into a home, kind of like contemporary Lego blocks,” Fischer said.

Fischer’s new company, Extraordinary Structures, uses Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) technology, plasma cutters and laser cutters to manufacture modular wood components for rapid assembly of thermally efficient tiny houses and buildings. A CNC machine reads a list of digitally coded information from a computer and move its motors and positioning systems to guide a spindle over the material in the machine…

Extraordinary Structures has also become one of the few “Wikihouse” chapters in the U.S. Wikihouse, a global “open-source construction system,” is an online platform that aims to connect designers and building professionals using CNC machines “to make it simple for everyone to design, print and assemble beautiful, low-energy homes, customized to their needs.”

Fischer said Wikihouse “is a really interesting system for construction that uses the same essential methodology that we do — CNC routers to cut out sheet material.” Extraordinary Structures will kick off its first Wikihouse build next month as a part of a community outreach process.

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Elaine Walker