Lucy Wang

SCADpad North America Lets Tiny House Lovers Live Large in a Parking Spot

by , 04/14/14



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Situated between the SCADpad community garden and a parking space-sized exterior courtyard, SCADpad North America features large windows that overlook its adjacent spaces as well as the Atlanta city skyline and freeway. Outside, the micro SCADpad unit is clad in a black and white minimalist facade designed by SCAD painting graduate Julio Garcia to evoke the “American spirit of self-determination.” In sharp contrast to the exterior facade, the interior consists of a colorful and highly detailed mixed media installation by SCAD photography alumnus Marcus Kenney.

Related: Artist Julio Garcia Builds a Light-Filled Shipping Container Home in Savannah

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The wood-lined interior exudes rustic warmth created by a mix between the western cowboy aesthetic and Navajo patterns. SCAD students further emphasize the rural DIY charm with custom-designed furniture, decorations, and dishware crafted from wood and thick copper. Tiny strips of leather affixed onto two walls create a textured, triangular pattern inspired by Navajo textiles. In a display of adaptive reuse, Kenny lined the door and floor with multicolored recycled rulers that once doubled as the calling cards for American companies.

In a nod to the building vernacular of the old American South, the kitchen countertop is constructed from tabby, a material comprising lime, sand, water, and crushed oyster shells commonly used in the Southeastern Lowcountry. Two glass terrariums with air plants hang over the bed and add a touch of green to the space. An enormous eye crafted from beads, buttons, pins, and fabric stretches across the ceiling; the pupil disguises the heat vent. The mixed-media mosaic ceiling is also embedded with tiny color-changing lights that can be controlled by a set of remote controls.

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In the kitchen area, a 3D-printed wall mount cradles an iPad that wirelessly engages the smart glass windows and Philips Hue LED smart bulbs. With a simple press of a button, SCADpad North America’s large windows instantly switch from transparent to translucent for greater privacy.

Related: SUPER SMART PRIVACY GLASS

The bathroom features a turtle shell inlaid mirror and shelf and is surrounded by beautifully painted walls that abstract the colors of America’s grand landscapes and waterways. Graywater from the kitchen and bathroom is collected in a water filtration tank and used to irrigate the community garden. To ensure that the water stays phosphate-free, the SCADpad carries Humblelove, a line of vegan and hand-made soaps created by two SCAD alums.

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Images © Lucy Wang

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