“In the geometry of its volumes, the archetype of a home is recognizable, but at the same time, it's a clear reference to the ambulances that abound in the streets of many Latin American cities.” This is how designer duo Andrés & José recount their project Rodar, a tiny house presented at the 2020 Mexican Design Open, Utopías and conceived (most of all) as a living solution for those without a home. Born from a reflection on the future of the domestic environment, land occupation, the right to housing, and while questioning the use of public space in overpopulated cities, the project is presented as a synthesis of refuge and treatment. While the chimney and sloping rooftop reference a classic residential property, the large wheels allow for mobility as the large doors take after the design of ambulances, highlighting the underlying health emergency for the homeless.
Without a permanent place to stay, forced outdoors and onto the streets or under an arcade, the homeless live marginalized from everything that populates the neighborhoods in which they reside. This small mobile home conceived by Andrés Sáenz and José Alvarez then offers an inclusive solution: ready to provide refuge to those in need, it’s an easily adaptable nomadic shelter. Unsurprisingly, the structure is part of a larger project called Habitáculos, a series of transformative objects that reveal different functions according to the context occupied.
Just like the rest of the collection to which it belongs, Rodar aims to give a new meaning to the urban fabric, proposing itself as a living alternative within the public space — a dimension in continuous evolution fusing both healthcare and the social element. Somewhere between a shelter and a vehicle, this unique tiny house, which the designers like to call “a domestic urban object”, could give those in difficulty a place to stay, while also searching to redefine the use and appropriation of spaces that define the city.