the home-in-a-box 'ecokit' is an energy-efficient house delivered as a flat pack

the home-in-a-box 'ecokit' is an energy-efficient house delivered as a flat pack

founded in australia by two sisters, camilla and pavla, ecokit was created to encourage inexperienced individuals to become part in the construction process of their home. ecokit assists with the design and planning of the project, followed by a delivery of a prefabricated, flat-packed, mass-customizable construction system that can be configured to meet many individual needs.

the kit arrives as flatpack



the designers created a premium quality home, that is energy efficiency and sustainable. ecokit homes are also designed with capabilities to be fully off the grid and to withstand unpredictable weather conditions. ecokit home, assembled from a modular “kit-of-parts” system and shipped to the building site as a flat-pack, made its debut in jindabyne, australia in 2018.

all components are assembled on site during the construction



in july and august of 2018, the two first ecokit homes were built in the famous ski resort of jindabyne. the units made to be completely self-sufficient and fully equipped for a comfortable stay. ‘you simply assemble the big plywood blocks, just like an oversized lego bricks,’ says camilla novotna, who with her sister pavla co-founded ecokit in 2015.

exterior completed


‘the system comes together very quickly, even without any heavy machinery and with unskilled labour. the two models assembled in jindabyne – which include two self-contained units with 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms altogether – were assembled by 4 to 6 people within about 5 weeks. all that in the middle of winter in alpine conditions.’ the kit-of-parts delivered as a flat-packed system excels for its ease of assembly – the components easily fit together with pre-engineered connections, and the assembly can be done by a group of handy people with minimal tools.

smart membrane protects the plywood from the weather elements



this innovative construction system is intended to allow the owners to build their homes in remote areas, without the need for a crane. manufactured in the heart of europe, in the czech republic, camilla’s home country, the structural system is fabricated from a sustainably harvested engineered timber, predominantly plywood and lvl (laminated veneer lumber), filled in with prefabricated insulated wall/roof/floor panels.

the two bedroom cabin has been assembled in 4 days, now onto the 3 bedroom, double storey one



the envelope system can be customized to meet net zero and passive house standards. ‘we don’t endeavour to be the cheapest prefab system in any way. our system is a very high-quality, sustainable product and we are building for performance and energy efficiency,’ says camilla. ‘we are very sensitive towards the environment,’ adds company co-founder pavla. ‘so all parts of the ecokit system are 100% recyclable.’

structural integrity tested and approved


the untreated timber highlighted in the dark of the night

completed house



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edited by: cristina gomez | designboom

  • Sorry…not impressed at all!!!

    CNC sheets of plywood processed on a machine, and stuffed with some fiberglass does not constitute good (or creative) architecture, craft of trade, nor sustainability in human skill set involvement nor the environment…not when it’s costing the same or more!!! ($200 to $250 per square foot not including additional design and facilitation fees) than a traditional designed home such as a Timber Frame, or other honestly “eco-friendly” and/or sustainable style of building…Plywood, no matter how you cut it is still plywood and neither a sustainable method of forestry management nor creative…but its a great way for “big-industry” to green-wash itself…and make more profit…

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