Atlanta's Savannah College of Art and Design Reveals SCADpads

SCAD students, faculty and alumni worked for 10 months to design and develop SCADpads to fit in the mere 135 square feet of a standard parking space. Each unit has a unique theme and visual identity, reflecting SCAD's global footprint.

Photo By: John Amis/AP Images for Savannah College of Art and Design

Photo By: John Amis/AP Images for Savannah College of Art and Design

Photo By: John Amis/AP Images for Savannah College of Art and Design

Photo By: Holly Aguirre

Photo By: John Amis/AP Images for Savannah College of Art and Design

Photo By: John Amis/AP Images for Savannah College of Art and Design

Photo By: John Amis/AP Images for Savannah College of Art and Design

Photo By: Holly Aguirre

Photo By: Holly Aguirre

Photo By: John Amis/AP Images for Savannah College of Art and Design

Photo By: Holly Aguirre

Photo By: Holly Aguirre

Photo By: Holly Aguirre

SCADpad Exterior

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) unveiled SCADpad, a micro-housing experiment that transformed its midtown Atlanta parking structure into a sustainable community, proposing an answer to growing urban housing challenges. This is the exterior view from the approach.

Community Art

SCAD students imagined and created every piece of art for their community.

SCADpad Europe's Exterior

Each unit features design themes inspired by SCAD locations: Asia, Europe and North America. Because of the midtown location, the homes are afforded priceless skyline views. This unit, SCADpad Europe, was inspired by the medieval landscape and history of SCAD Lacoste.

SCADpad Europe's Front Door

This unit, SCADpad Europe, features blue lacquered wood panels resembling travertine tiles and copper roof tiles.

SCADpad Europe's Interior

A SCAD student relaxes in the student-designed Europe unit. This unit was inspired by the medieval landscape and history of SCAD Lacoste.

SCADpad Europe's Bathroom

This is the tiny bathroom of SCADpad Europe.

SCADpad North America's Kitchen

The SCADpad North America interior has two felted gray walls with surfaces featuring leather strips affixed in a Navajo pattern, rendered in a classic, American palette.

Community Area Wall

This is the communal seating area.

Community Area One

The community area features gas fireplaces and wonderfully comfortable seating.

Community Herb Garden

An organic garden is fed by a greywater filtration and delivery system, while a composting and recycling center helps ensure there is minimal waste.

Community Area Two

Just opposite the garden is a communal sitting area available to SCADpad residents.

SCADpad Asia's Kitchen

Every unit is customizable to suit the needs of the resident via a 3D printer. Students designed everything in this view.

SCADpad Asia's Decor

The tiny units have unique personalities and countless custom details. For example, students studying various music disciplines designed the Asian unit with “singing” walls. When you brush your hands over different places on the walls, you hear the tinkling of wind chimes or the light whistle on a pan flute.

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