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France’s first low-cost 'flat pack' wooden house under construction

The eco-friendly home can be assembled in less than two weeks and is put together piece by piece, much like historical timber-frame homes in Alsace

14 May 2021
Flat-pack home being constructed. France’s first low-cost 'flat pack' wooden house under construction

The home comes in different sizes and costs €1,000 per square metre Pic: Baticos / Facebook

By Joanna York

France’s first foldable house is under construction and will take less than two weeks to complete from start to finish.

The 75m2 home is made of acacia wood from a sustainable forest in Austria. The construction process is so fast as different sections of the home come pre-made, with the roof attached.

The home is built by piecing sections of the construction together, a process that has parallels with the the timber frame homes historically built in Alsace.

Valery Meyer, owner of the home which is being constructed in Blotzheim, near Mulhouse, Haut-Rhin, told FranceInfo: “It’s basically the same principle as for timber-frame homes, where you can take off the rendering and reuse the frame to put the building up elsewhere.”

Homes are environmental and cost-effective 

Ms Meyer said the home’s eco-friendly credentials encouraged her to buy it. As well as being made of sustainable materials, the structure is anchored by large stakes – a more eco-friendly choice than a large concrete slab.

Potential clients also find the cost appealing. The foldable home is priced at €1,000 per square metre. One passer-by said: “You can’t find that anywhere else.”

The construction is fully insulated, comes with a double heat pump, and has the optional add-ons of a patio, balcony or a fully glass wall on one side.

It was made by Baticos, a specialist wood company based in the Alps, which hopes to make the structures available throughout France.

The original design was produced by Italian architectural company A-Frame, for use after emergencies such as earthquakes.

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