Tiny homes are all the rage nowadays, and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) ups the ante with SCADpad, a micro housing community located within a repurposed Atlanta parking deck. SCADpad Asia combined East Asian symbolism with water motifs to create a Hong Kong-inspired micro home that references the port city’s coastal surroundings. SCAD painting alumnus Will Penny designed a pastel-colored geometric facade that wraps around the exterior. Dominated by blue hues, the color scheme is repeated on the floorboards of the neighboring courtyard, which is surrounded by a row of twisted lucky bamboo and a thick evergreen hedge.
Each of SCADpad’s tiny mobile units are almost entirely designed and developed by an interdisciplinary team of SCAD students, staff, and alumni. Inhabitat was invited to explore SCADpad’s three prototype homes each themed after a SCAD location.
Upon entering the unit, the door swings open to reveal a large, fantastical painting of a young Asian boy riding a blood-orange goldfish. The use of blood-orange, which provides a fiery contrast to Penny’s quiet blues, is the dominant color in the interior design. The back wall is lined with geometric bamboo print wallpaper painted by SCAD graduate Liz Winnel. The wallpaper overlays a soundboard–also called human conductive wallpaper–designed by student Ross Fish. Triggered by touch, the hidden soundboard fills the tiny unit with randomized musical sounds. Dark orange netting and koi fish paper cut outs are draped over the wallpaper.
SCAD students, staff, and alumni designed nearly everything seen in the SCADpad community. In SCADpad Asia, students used a 3D printer to construct the shelves, hooks, and even a fish bowl holder. Students also fabricated the ceramic dishware and heavy metal chopsticks. Repeated guardian lion images allude to traditional Chinese culture, from the little embroidered red lion shoes to a large brass sculpture. Black and white patterns are used throughout the SCADpad to add extra interest and depth.
Framed by heavy orange netting, the all-white bathroom is punctuated by images of Rocky Horror-eque lips. In addition to the use of energy efficient smart glass and wireless Philips Hue LED bulbs, SCADpad Asia is also equipped with a Miele electric cooktop and pull out refrigerator drawers to maximize space efficiency. A compact Whirlpool microwave is hidden beneath the sink.
Images © Lucy Wang