More and more people are moving to cities, which can be great for the environment but challenging for the less affluent. Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) calls attention to the urban housing crisis with SCADpad, an experimental project that transformed underused parking decks into affordable micro-housing communities. SCADpad’s three prototype homes fit within a standard parking space and are designed to mirror the culture of SCAD's satellite campuses. The SCADpad Europe, for instance, was inspired by the medieval landscape and history of SCAD's Lacoste location in France.
Designed by SCAD fibers alumna Trish Andersen, SCADpad Europe is clad in large wooden panels painted with a diamond pattern and vibrant blue lacquer finish. The SCADpad roof is covered with scalloped copper tiles, while circular windows of varying sizes provide views and allow natural light to filter inside. Above a row of sunflowers, an eye-catching neon sign reading “i love you more than tomorrow” stretches across the front of the micro unit.
SCADpad Europe’s combination of bright colors and geometry on its exterior is continued inside, where a green and bronze mosaic fabric is affixed to the walls with copper nails. Andersen adds even more texture and dimension to the tiny space with a shag fabric installation woven from 40,000 pieces of multicolored cloth that cascades from the ceiling and walls down to the couch and floor. When visitors “pet” the fabric couch, a soundboard hidden beneath the fabric layers plays music and whispers recorded compliments and nice sayings.
To maximize SCADpad Europe’s small footprint, the tiny mobile home features a fold-up loft bed accessible by a multifunctional storage staircase. A small workstation with a bright orange countertop and decorative items created by SCAD students is located beneath the bed. The use of eye-popping orange is also repeated in the bathroom covered in bright op art vinyl graphics as well as on the door to the unit.
Like the other two 153 square foot SCADpad units, SCADpad Europe also features home automation technology such as smart glass and Philips Hue smart LED bulbs. Flanked by two parking-space-sized exterior courtyards, the micro unit is surrounded by salvaged art, reclaimed materials, and lush plantings. A NuBox waste management container located on the side of the house is built from reclaimed materials and offers residents composting, recycling, and trash disposal options.
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