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SCAD alumna Trish Andersen helped design a fold-up hammock bed that is positioned over a desk.Chia Chong/ScadPad SCAD alumna Trish Andersen helped design a fold-up hammock bed that is positioned over a desk. The bathroom in SCADpad Europe.Chia Chong/ScadPad The bathroom in SCADpad Europe.

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  • SCAD alumna Trish Andersen helped design a fold-up hammock bed that is positioned over a desk.
  • The bathroom in SCADpad Europe.

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These tiny homes may give even Manhattan apartments a run for their money.

At 16 feet by 8 feet, the Savannah College of Art and Design’s new micro-homes, called “SCADpads,” are just about as big as a parking spot. But they have everything you’d find in an ordinary home—a kitchen, bathroom, and a place to sleep.

“You don’t feel like you’re living in an apartment, you feel like you’re living in a little house,” SCADpad resident Lynda Elayna told WSMV.

The apartments are an urban housing experiment designed by students and faculty at the Atlanta college. They are built right into a parking garage right in the center of Atlanta.

SCADpad Asia features a soundboard disguised as wallpaper that, when touched, produces randomized audio file sounds.Chia Chong/ScadPad SCADpad Asia features a soundboard disguised as wallpaper that, when touched, produces randomized audio file sounds. SCADpad’s layout now includes three homes, a garden, patios, and a giant chess set.SCADpad SCADpad’s layout now includes three homes, a garden, patios, and a giant chess set. The SCADpads were built into this urban parking garage.SCADpad The SCADpads were built into this urban parking garage. Students are lulled to sleep by the sounds of traffic outside.WSMV Students are lulled to sleep by the sounds of traffic outside. A SCADpad bathroom jams a sink, toilet, and shower into a tiny space.WSMV A SCADpad bathroom jams a sink, toilet, and shower into a tiny space. The spaces are 135 square feet.WSMV The spaces are 135 square feet.

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As gas prices rise and urbanites become less dependent on cars, researchers at the school predict that there will be a decreasing demand for paid parking garages. SCAD students see the SCADpads as a way to utilize unusued space.

There are three SCADpads in total, each designed around a theme—Asia, Europe, and North America. The space comes with access to a specially built community garden and outdoor patios. There’s also a waste management center for recycling, composting, and trash disposal.

Inside the rooms, every inch of space is utilized. The lights and window shades are controlled by an iPad. In one of the rooms, the couch also functions as a bed. In another room, residents must sleep on a hammock bed that folds up right over the desk. The shower, bathroom sink, and toilet placed crammed within six feet of each other.

The college’s permit for occupying the garage expires in June.

Elayna said students at her college have been clamoring for a chance to live in the SCADpads.

“It’s a lot bigger than I thought it would be,” she said. “I think it’s just giving everybody a chance to think about how to live in a different way.”

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Lifestyle – NY Daily News

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