Could you live in a home the size of a parking space?
April 15, 2014
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.
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.