How many times before a trip have we wanted to take literally everything with us and instead have been forced to pack the bare essentials in small hand luggage? To solve this problem, architect and photographer Juan Alberto Andrade has designed La Casa Nueva.
Born in 1990, Juan Alberto Andrade graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the Universidad Espíritu Santo (UEES) in Guayaquil, the Ecuadorian city where he now lives and works. In addition to his work as an architect, he also sometimes works as a photographer of buildings and interiors.
The Casa Nueva looks like a small 6 square metre cabin that can be transported anywhere by car. The idea is similar to that of a caravan, but the design is a complete departure from this type of trailer.
In fact, the Casa Nueva is made entirely of wood, alternating Amarillo wood (so called because of its yellow colour), Teak boards used for the porches and plywood for the interior furnishings. The hut shape of the house is reminiscent of the typical houses found on the coast of Ecuador.
Instead, to be moved easily, the structure rests on a 3 x 2 metre metal trailer.
Inside, the Casa Nueva has everything necessary to meet the basic needs of two people: a double bed, a kitchen, a bathroom and even a workstation. Juan Alberto Andrade’s aim was to recreate all the spaces of a house within a smaller space that would allow people to travel without having to stop working.
Given the limited space inside, the structure opens up to the outside through a series of windows and doors, allowing people to remain in constant contact with nature.