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Could you live in a home the size of a parking space?

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SCADpad: a micro-housing unit that can fit into a parking spot (Photo: SCADpad)
SCADpad: a micro-housing unit that can fit into a parking spot (Photo: SCADpad)
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The bathroom in SCADpad Europe features op art vinyl graphics on the walls (Photo: SCADpad)
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The bathroom in SCADpad Europe features op art vinyl graphics on the walls (Photo: SCADpad)
The interior of SCADpad Europe includes interactive fiber walls woven from 40,000 pieces of fabric (Photo: SCADpad)
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The interior of SCADpad Europe includes interactive fiber walls woven from 40,000 pieces of fabric (Photo: SCADpad)
The exterior of SCADpad Europe features blue lacquered wood panels resembling travertine tiles, and a copper roof (Photo: SCADpad)
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The exterior of SCADpad Europe features blue lacquered wood panels resembling travertine tiles, and a copper roof (Photo: SCADpad)
SCADpad North America (Photo: SCADpad)
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SCADpad North America (Photo: SCADpad)
The exterior of SCADpad North America has a minimalist paint treatment on metal panels, which was designed by SCAD painting graduate Julio Garcia (Photo: SCADpad)
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The exterior of SCADpad North America has a minimalist paint treatment on metal panels, which was designed by SCAD painting graduate Julio Garcia (Photo: SCADpad)
The SCADpad Community Garden is watered with filtered greywater from the units, and fed by a daylight harvesting system installed in the ceiling above (Photo: SCADpad)
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The SCADpad Community Garden is watered with filtered greywater from the units, and fed by a daylight harvesting system installed in the ceiling above (Photo: SCADpad)
SCAD alum and featured artist Marcus Kenny sitting in SCADpad North America with SCAD president and co-founder, Paula Wallace (Photo: SCADpad)
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SCAD alum and featured artist Marcus Kenny sitting in SCADpad North America with SCAD president and co-founder, Paula Wallace (Photo: SCADpad)
Marcus Kenny laid out a collection of rulers end-to-end to line the floors and entrance to SCADpad North America (Photo: SCADpad)
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Marcus Kenny laid out a collection of rulers end-to-end to line the floors and entrance to SCADpad North America (Photo: SCADpad)
SCADpad: a micro-housing unit that can fit into a parking spot (Photo: SCADpad)
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SCADpad: a micro-housing unit that can fit into a parking spot (Photo: SCADpad)
SCADpad Asia was painted by BFA and MFA painting graduate Liz Winnel (Photo: SCADpad)
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SCADpad Asia was painted by BFA and MFA painting graduate Liz Winnel (Photo: SCADpad)
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A team of students and professors at Georgia's Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) recently unveiled a tiny house prototype cited as the future of urban living. Dubbed SCADpad, the home in question can fit into a standard-sized car parking space and is expected to cost around US$40,000 to produce.

The SCADpad is quite a simple structure, constructed from wood and set on wheels for easy towing, with individual units taking around one or two months to build. Each SCADpad measures just 2.5 x 4.8 m (8 x 16 ft), which is even narrower than the Imai House and far shorter in length. Though space will obviously be limited, the team mentions that each unit sports a kitchen area, hammock bed, and folding table.

The SCAD team has produced three SCADpads so far, each of which is decked out in a unique color scheme inspired by SCAD's various campuses in Asia, Europe, and North America.

SCAD alum and featured artist Marcus Kenny sitting in SCADpad North America with SCAD president and co-founder, Paula Wallace (Photo: SCADpad)
SCAD alum and featured artist Marcus Kenny sitting in SCADpad North America with SCAD president and co-founder, Paula Wallace (Photo: SCADpad)

The SCADpads themselves are only part of the story, however. The team currently has the three prototype units arranged near to each other on the fourth floor of SCAD's Atlanta parking lot, turning the space into a veritable tiny house community. The micro-community also has a garden space that's fed by graywater, a waste management system, and a maker's table complete with 3D printer.

As the project is in the development stage, there's still some finer details to iron out, and we've no information on whether the SCADpads will operate or or off-grid, for example. We'll keep an eye on how this one progresses over the coming months.

Source: SCADpad

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16 comments
Skipjack
And no toilet, eh? A hipsters dream, I guess!
Daishi
What is even more amazing is they still have room left for the creature in pictures 3 and 4: http://images.gizmag.com/gallery_lrg/scadpad_prototype-3.jpg I think I got a gypsy curse just looking at a picture of it, I couldn't imagine sleeping at night neat it.
justme70
I can't even fit my workbench into a parking space, much less the me and the rest of the family.
The Skud
I could just get away with it (after fitting a chem. or composting toilet somewhere) but would need a shipping container nearby to hold the rest of my [yes, I need that stuff] goods. Off-grid could be solar panels, 12volt R/V appliances etc. would suit.
Nik
A small living unit on wheels? Its been called a 'caravan' for more centuries, so what's new?
Threesixty
Artist Caravans! Smart but not wise.
BigGoofyGuy
$40,000 is a lot to pay for such a small house. There are others about the same size that cost a lot less and have more features. One should check out 'tiny houses' online. There is even a tiny house blog. One can buy plans for these tiny houses.
Bruce Warren
Why waste good screen space with another massively overpriced tiny house? For less than 1/2 that price you can buy many brands of very comfortable travel trailers with toilet and shower and kitchen and even TWO bedrooms. Why stop at parking spot sized residences? Many folks live in urban centers in a big cardboard box. They are called homeless... and that term also applies to anyone living in a SCAD house.
Michael Logue
Looks more like a showcase for interior decorating than space utilization. I guess these would be fine if you are a teenage girl.......
Jay_Wilson
Nice décor...if you're on acid