What is WikiHouse?

WikiHouse is an open-source project for designing and building houses. It endeavours to democratise and simplify the construction of sustainable, resource-light dwellings. 

It comprises many designers around the world, collaborating to make it simple for everyone to design, print and assemble beautiful, low-energy homes, customised to their needs.

We are developing an innovative approach to building a better way that assists from design to delivery; creating restorative 21st century living environments by people, for people.

By playing a leading role in the global open-source WikiHouse project, Space Craft Systems in Christchurch has become a leading hub piloting the development of a truly remarkable construction system. A system of adaptable design which empowers communities to create, manufacture and assemble high-performance living environments tailored to their specific needs...

The aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes and the poor quality of New Zealand’s existing housing stock galvanised us into action and provoked the question: ‘How do we enable our communities to build a better way?'

Our adaptable structures are designed to last for generations but at the same time be rapidly and easily modified, repaired or relocated. They enable substantial savings by building only what you need, when you need it, and changing it when you want. An innovative approach to strengthening our communities by empowering ordinary people to create and inhabit a restorative living environment.


Founder Alistair Parvin explains the WikiHouse philosophy and design principles.

Nick Ierodiaconou and Alistair Parvin explain their early thinking behind the formation of WikiHouse.

Our core values

The process

How the pieces fit together

A look inside Wikihouse.

An animation of how a Wikihouse model is assembled.

Volunteers assembling the WikiHouse Proof of Concept protoype in Addington, Christchurch.

This video describes the attributes of open source hardware to the general public. This video is officially released by the Open Source Hardware Association.