There is no stopping architects María José Váscones and Juan Alberto Andrade as they continue to develop designs ideal for living. The pair introduced to us the Domestico, a tiny and compact living space that promises more storage and function. The design is mainly for modern living in urban spaces. It doesn’t disappoint with the ample space and the warm aesthetics of the wood. The same natural element is used on the interior of the Dodo Van, which is mainly a house on wheels. It’s a Chevrolet Van (Chevy Van) that has been transformed into a small mobile home.
The Dodo Van has been designed for a young couple who wants to live in a smaller place. The 1993 Chevy van was actually purchased for work and travel. Inside the van, you can see a full-sized mattress and a kitchenette with a fold-up dining table, and more.
The Dodo Van is a design exercise that challenges transformation, limitations, and spatiality. The designers considered the needs of the young pair working with local communities. They are also frequent travelers who love to explore new places. They only take with them their essentials, so a small mobile home is just right.
The Dodo Van can seat four to six people in five square meters (5 m2). Of course, that is a small area but the designers were able to make it a flexible environment just for the basic needs of living. The Dodo Van is small but it can comfortably accommodate a group of people. Of course, we can’t expect all of them to live there together, but it’s probably suitable for entertaining or outdoor travels. The first part holds the kitchen while the second one functions as storage. The third acts as a living space where you can chill during the day or sleep at night.
There’s wood all over, which reminds us of the Domestico. The designers used 6mm plywood boards for the lining. The floor and the modules use 12mm and 15mm boards. For thermo-acoustic proper insulation, rock wool was actually used on the ceiling, walls, and the floor. There is an independent battery connected to the vehicle’s alternator for electricity. There is also a 110v transformer plus several lighting and outlets. There’s even proper drainage and a water system with tanks. Compared to other tiny homes on wheels we’ve seen, this one is simply a vehicle transformed into a living quarter.