Architectural project / Living on the road / Magic Bus.
Hank was in architecture school and he was fed up of drawing buildings that would never exist. He wanted to work with his hands and enjoying the results of his hard labour. One day, he decided to buy a school bus and convert it into a tiny living space.
The bus was purchased for $3000, and has had about $6000 in improvements. The majority of the work was completed in 15 weeks, just in time for my final review. He wanted to show people the potential in converting an existing vehicle. This project was a way to show his vision: how building a small structure with simple detailing can be more valuable than drawing a complex project that is theoretical and poorly understood.
All the space is organized to create a comfortable, functional, and flexible environment. He thought about all details.
The modular units are grouped to create four primary zones: Bathroom, Kitchen, Seating, and Sleeping.
One of the primary goals during the design phase was to develop a large and open living space (225sqft). In order to accomplish this, he developed a thin wall system integrating structure, insulation, electrical, lighting, and facing, leaving the interior open for occupation.
The windows also contribute greatly to the open feeling in such a small space. This results in natural lighting and obscures the fantastic panoramic views, in order to find a happy-middle between privacy and insulation. Additionally, two skylights are placed where emergency hatches once sat, bringing a fantastic amount of light into the space.
In the bathroom, one side of the aisle is walled off to enclose the portable toilet, but will hopefully be replaced by a plumbed toilet in the coming years.
The kitchen occupies two window bays, and currently features a foot-pump sink as it’s only true utility, with soon a chest fridge and a gas cooktop to be installed. Storage bins were used to hold goods and supplies.
The seating space is one of the most versatile and the largest as it occupies four bays. This zone features four large seats on either side of the aisle and this platform can be covered with cushions to create a queen-sized sleeping area. The next seat down on either side of the aisle can be raised or lowered to create a table surface for eating or working. This allows for up to four people to have table space without having to climb over each other. The flexibility of this zone allows it to accommodate a large number of conditions and situations.
The sleeping space is composed of two narrow beds with deep storage underneath. In order to accommodate varied sleeping arrangements, the port-side bed rolls into the center aisle, creating a queen-sized sleeping area. This allows for a total sleeping capacity of up to six adults.
The cabin can be separated from the living space by a sliding door panel, which is left open while on the road to communicate with the driver.
As a whole these elements come together to form the ultimate road trip vehicle. From now, you can check out his trips through photos and travel posts.