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Plywood household furniture turns 1990s van into cell dwelling for Ecuadorian few

Architects Juan Alberto Andrade and María José Váscones have transformed a Chevy van into a property-on-wheels for a young pair that involves a kitchenette, a fold-up eating desk and a entire-sized mattress.


The challenge, Dodo Van, associated the conversion of a 1993 van made by the American motor vehicle organization Chevrolet. The pair – a law firm and an environmental engineer – procured the car or truck for their travels and their perform with regional communities.

Architects Juan Alberto Andrade and María José Váscones have converted a van into a mini property

To oversee the conversion of the van, they turned to architects Juan Alberto Andrade and María José Váscones, who are primarily based in Guayaquil and have also accomplished an workplace in the town.

The quick for the van termed for building a very simple residing atmosphere inside of its five square metres of area, and less than its 1.86-metre ceiling.

“The space problems the room – developing a undertaking that is versatile ample to adapt to distinct each day conditions and resolving the simple desires of living,” the designers said.

A woman and her daughter sit at a table inside Dodo Van
The home involves a kitchenette, fold-up dining table and a place to sleep

The exterior was remaining mostly untouched. Within the van, the designers developed a pared-down dwelling surroundings that incorporates a kitchenette, a lounge house, a transportable desk for consuming and working, and a sleeping platform for two individuals.

The van’s seating can accommodate the transportation of six travellers.

Plywood boxes and storage units inside Dodo Van
The architects had to develop something that was able to adapt to day to day predicaments in just the constrained place

Company features had been included into the lengthy sides of the motor vehicle, powering the entrance seats.

“Structure approaches ended up produced that authorized the house to be reworked into several configurations according to its requires, dependent on the determination to liberate longitudinal circulation and preserve the interior morphology of the motor vehicle,” the designers claimed.

Wooden counter tops inside the caravan
Cupboards open up out and can be utilized to retail outlet kitchen area utensils or act as countertops

Occupying the entrance part is the compact kitchen area, which characteristics quite a few cupboards and a sink. Little, triangular cuts in the cupboard doorways help them to be opened devoid of the use of handles. A single of the doorways folds down and becomes a table or countertop.

Up coming to the kitchen is the residing space, where the crew positioned a bench that contains storage room. In entrance of this area is a big trunk that hides the van’s transportable desk, which has legs that can be conveniently taken on and off.

The rear home furnishings can be transformed into a platform for a complete-sized mattress.

“The mattress is tailor made created,” the designers mentioned. “It includes 3 pieces that fold, earning them less difficult to retailer.”

A grey mattress inside a mobile home
The mattress can be folded into a few when not in use

Inside partitions are clad in 6-millimetre-thick plywood, although 12- and 15-millimetre boards had been used for the flooring and home furnishings.

A pure matte finish is meant to make the van sense additional spacious. Mineral wool was applied to give thermal and acoustical insulation on the flooring, partitions and ceiling.

Dodo Van parked on a road with its doors open
Even though the interior is lined with plywood, the exterior has been remaining mainly untouched

The inside is run by an impartial battery joined to the van’s alternator and a 110-volt transformer. The van has tanks for storing both of those clear and used h2o.

Other cell dwellings incorporate a 1960s vacation trailer that Edmonds + Lee Architects converted into an place of work and crash pad for a tech entrepreneur, and a canvas caravan by Belgian designer Axel Enthoven that is formed like the Sydney Opera Dwelling.

The photography is by JAG Studio.


Task credits:

Architects in charge: Juan Alberto Andrade, María José Váscones
Collaborators: Cuqui Rodriguez
Providers: Masisa El Fortín, Mega Metales, Mega Kywi, Acimco
Community hand get the job done: Eusebio Tomalá