Paperhouses: The Free Open Source Platform for Architect Designed Houses

Househappy —  January 29, 2014 — Leave a comment

Introducing the world’s first open-source platform for residential architecture!

Paperhouses is seeking to make residential architecture more accessible to the general public by providing free downloadable blueprints online. Founded by architect Joana Pacheco, Paperhouses boasts an impressive list of designs from world-class architects, along with a directory of resources including suppliers, contractors, and materials to get your building started.

“My goal is to put architecture within reach, which means to destitute high-end design of its price tag and forbidden aura, and to engage people in their own project,” said Pacheco. “Universal access via free licensing is the only process which simultaneously makes knowledge accessible, democratic, and amenable to a diversity of production.”

At present, the site lists 12 participating architects including Chilean studio Panorama,  2012’s RIBA Manser Medal winner Christian Pottgiesser, and Carl Turner Architects, winner of the One off House Architect of the Year. The provided designs can be downloaded and modified to the end-user’s own specifications, or to accommodate a user’s needs according to topology, atmosphere, ecological concerns, or additional material considerations.

Check out some of the available designs below:

Source: Paperhouses, ArchDaily

Images: Paperhouses



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