Dodo van, Ecuador by JAG Studio

a mobile home for exploring the world

Project Specs


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The Dodo Van is a design practice focused on limitations, transformation and spatiality. The project brought with it a space conditioned by a 1993 Chevy Van that was intended to become a mobile home for the users. The architectural result responds to the resolution of the needs of a young couple, who, through participatory work with local communities, intend to explore new places, taking the essential with them.

overview ©JAG Studio

view of one side ©JAG Studio

view from the back ©JAG Studio 

the door covered with plywood ©JAG Studio


different scenario ©JAG Studio

The architectural program, contained in 5m2 of intervention, has: seats for the transport of 4 to 6 people, a portable table to eat and / or work, a bed for two people, a kitchenette, and storage space. The area conditions the space: developing a project that is flexible enough to adapt to different everyday situations, solving the basic needs of living. Design strategies were developed that allowed the space to be transformed into various configurations according to its needs, based on the decision to liberate longitudinal circulation and maintain the interior morphology of the vehicle.

variable module ©JAG Studio

DIY furnitures ©JAG Studio

maintaining the interior morphology of the vehicle ©JAG Studio


The longitudinal flanks were ranked with elements that contain services and functions. A large “appliance” tacitly divides the space into thirds, leaving the kitchen in the first part, with a greater direct relationship to the outside, the storage area in the second, and the living space as the third tract.

the longitudinal flanks ©JAG Studio

the first part, kitchen ©JAG Studio

the second part, the storage area ©JAG Studio

the third part, the living space ©JAG Studio

the other side of the living space ©JAG Studio

车辆覆层采用6 毫米胶合板,12和15毫米胶合板则用于地板与电器。板材被加工成天然哑光饰面,使内部空间更加宽敞。地板、墙壁和天花板中还加入了矿棉制成的热声系统。

6mm plywood boards were used for the vehicle cladding, and 12 and 15mm boards for the floor and the appliances, in a natural matte finish to increase the interior space. Mineral wool was used as a thermo-acoustic insulation system, on the floor, on the walls, and ceiling.

the cooking mode ©JAG Studio

the dining mode ©JAG Studio

the dining table for working ©JAG Studio

the sleeping mode ©JAG Studio

details of the bed ©JAG Studio


The Dodo Van has a self-generated electrical system based on an independent battery linked to the vehicle’s alternator, a 110v transformer and a network of lighting and sockets; as well as a water and drainage system with bearing tanks.

details ©JAG Studio

plan for cooking and dining ©JAG Studio

plan for storage and sleeping ©JAG Studio

section ©JAG Studio

Project’s name: Dodo van
Year: 2021
Location: Ecuador
Architects in charge: Juan Alberto Andrade, María José Váscones
Collaborators: Cuqui Rodriguez
Photography: JAG Studio
Area: 5m2
Providers: Masisa El Fortín, Mega Metales, Mega Kywi, Acimco
Local Hand Work: Eusebio Tomalá

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