Lowney Architecture

addressing housing needs with innovation

addressing housing needs with innovation

CITYSPACES MicroPAD

Lowney Architecture partnered with Patrick Kennedy at Panoramic Interests to design the MicroPAD (Prefabricated Affordable Dwelling). As a new approach to address the growing number of homeless people in the Bay Area, the MicroPad provides a way to build high-quality housing quickly and economically. Each module is constructed in a factory, shipped to the site, and assembled into a multi-story building within days. This process allows the quality of construction to be checked in a controlled environment, reduces the construction impact on the surrounding area, and most importantly, shortens the project schedule.

The steel modules are designed to provide all living amenities within a compact footprint of 160 square feet. The units include a sleeping/living area, bathroom and kitchenette. Every opportunity to take advantage of the space is used in the design, including finding creative ways to add storage with hooks, shelves and cabinets. A large window and high-quality interior finishes make the unit functional and pleasant, and give residents a place to call home.  

Images courtesy of Panoramic Interests