Coatings Industry News

Main News Page

Unveiling a Big Vision for Teeny Homes

Friday, April 18, 2014

Comment | More

Artists and designers in Georgia have seen the “future of urban living”—and boy, is it small.

We’re talking about squeezing into a 135-square-foot microstructure that is designed to fit within a standard parking space.

Students, professors and alumni of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) unveiled their idea, known as the “SCADpad project,” on April 9.

Images: SCAD

SCADpad Asia features a painted wallpaper that overlays a soundboard designed by SCAD student Ross Fish. When you touch the wall in this cozy abode, a randomized audio file sounds.

The project aims to address the growing need for suitable, efficient housing worldwide by “transforming uninhabitable spaces into artful living,” according to the team.

Adaptive Reuse Project

“Parking structures are a unique and very recent building type,” said Christian Sottile, Dean of the School of Building Arts, SCAD. “It’s not a structure that cities, architects and designers have examined as opportunities for urban living.”

The team figures that the 40,000 U.S. parking structures operating at half capacity present unique opportunities for compact living quarters that blend adaptive reuse with art and design.

Garage Community

To test the idea, a group of students temporarily moved into an experimental micro-housing community made up of three SCADpad units on April 15 (Tuesday).

SCADpad Europe

SCADpad Europe features a fold-up hammock bed, which accommodates the desk underneath. The design was created by SCAD alumna Trish Andersen.

The community, located on the fourth floor of a midtown Atlanta parking structure, features a communal work area; waste management center constructed of reclaimed wood; and a community garden fed by a graywater filtration and delivery system.

3 Unit Designs

The team describes its three designs as follows:

  • SCADpad Asia: Intended to reflect the culture and aesthetic of SCAD’s Hong Kong location, this unit features a striking physical exterior designed by painting alumnus Will Penny. Inside, the walls are lined with geometric wallpaper overlaying a soundboard, also called human conductive wallpaper. (When you touch the wallpaper, randomized musical sounds fill the space.)
SCADpad North America

SCADpad North America features a minimalist paint treatment on metal panels and floors lined with rulers. SCAD alum Marcus Kenny and SCAD president and co-founder Paula Wallace are shown in the photo.

  • SCADpad Europe: This unit was inspired by the medieval landscape and history of SCAD Lacoste. Fibers alumna Trish Anderson designed the exterior to feature tonal blue lacquered wood panels resembling travertine tiles, and scalloped copper tiles that border the roof. Inside, the home is adorned with interactive fiber walls woven from 40,000 pieces of fabric. A fold-up hammock bed with desk underneath completes the space.
  • SCADpad North America: Reflecting the American spirit of self-determination, this unit has a minimalist paint treatment on the exterior. The interior includes two felted gray walls made by students and other surfaces featuring tiny leather strips affixed in a Navajo pattern and rendered in a classic American palette. The installation was designed by Marcus Kenny, a photography alumnus.

Price Tag

While the compact homes only cost $40,000 each and would take a month or two to construct, the space itself might have a hefty price tag.

A parking spot in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, for example, sold for $300,000 in 2011, according to reports.


Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Architecture; Color; Color + Design; Design; Parking Garages

Comment from sue howarth, (4/18/2014, 8:07 AM)

While the design elements and the location chosen to park these structures are unique, the west coast has had these mini homes for several years now. I think I prefer a less urban setting personally but I like the concept. Kind of a hefty price tag though. Not sure how affordable it really is. :)

Comment from john lienert, (4/18/2014, 9:51 AM)

cute.....but impractical and would you clean fabric walls and ceilings, much less allow people with any breathing issues ( ASTHMA ? ) to live in one.....impractical

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

SAFE Systems, Inc.

Sauereisen, Inc.

Fischer Technology Inc.

DeFelsko Corporation


Tarps manufacturing, Inc.

KTA-Tator, Inc. - Corporate Office


Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL

The Technology Publishing Network

PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About   |   Privacy Policy   |   Terms & Conditions   |   Support   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us