Plywood furnishings turns 1990s van into cell residence for Ecuadorian few

Architects Juan Alberto Andrade and María José Váscones have reworked a Chevy van into a residence-on-wheels for a youthful couple that involves a kitchenette, a fold-up dining desk and a full-sized mattress.


The challenge, Dodo Van, associated the conversion of a 1993 van designed by the American car or truck corporation Chevrolet. The couple – a lawyer and an environmental engineer – bought the car or truck for their travels and their perform with local 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 based mostly in Guayaquil and have also concluded an business in the metropolis.

The brief for the van referred to as for generating a very simple dwelling environment inside of its five square metres of space, and below its 1.86-metre ceiling.

“The spot problems the area – developing a venture that is versatile ample to adapt to distinct each day scenarios and fixing the essential demands of dwelling,” the designers explained.

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

The exterior was left primarily untouched. Inside the van, the designers developed a pared-down residing natural environment that includes a kitchenette, a lounge house, a moveable desk for having and doing work, and a sleeping platform for two men and women.

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

Plywood boxes and storage units inside Dodo Van
The architects experienced to build a little something that was equipped to adapt to daily scenarios inside the minimal place

Provider capabilities have been included into the extensive sides of the car or truck, behind the front seats.

“Style strategies ended up created that authorized the room to be transformed into several configurations according to its requirements, primarily based on the selection to liberate longitudinal circulation and keep the inside morphology of the motor vehicle,” the designers explained.

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

Occupying the front portion is the compact kitchen, which attributes quite a few cupboards and a sink. Smaller, triangular cuts in the cabinet doors allow them to be opened without the need of the use of handles. 1 of the doorways folds down and will become a table or countertop.

Up coming to the kitchen is the living house, in which the workforce placed a bench made up of storage area. In entrance of this place is a massive trunk that hides the van’s moveable table, which has legs that can be quickly taken on and off.

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

“The mattress is customized made,” the designers said. “It entails a few pieces that fold, earning them simpler to retail outlet.”

A grey mattress inside a mobile home
The mattress can be folded into 3 when not in use

Interior partitions are clad in 6-millimetre-thick plywood, though 12- and 15-millimetre boards ended up applied for the flooring and home furniture.

A natural matte finish is meant to make the van feel extra spacious. Mineral wool was utilised to provide thermal and acoustical insulation on the floor, partitions and ceiling.

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

The interior is run by an independent battery connected to the van’s alternator and a 110-volt transformer. The van has tanks for storing both of those clean and applied drinking water.

Other cell dwellings contain a 1960s journey 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 Property.

The pictures is by JAG Studio.


Job credits:

Architects in cost: Juan Alberto Andrade, María José Váscones
Collaborators: Cuqui Rodriguez
Vendors: Masisa El Fortín, Mega Metales, Mega Kywi, Acimco
Local hand do the job: Eusebio Tomalá