ZEDpod – A Prefab Design that Transforms Car Parks into Housing Developments

This concept design by the British firm, Bill Dunster Architects, aims to take advantage of car parks, transforming them into environmentally friendly building developments.


ZedPod - Zed Factory and Bill Dunster Architects - Exterior - Humble Homes

The design, dubbed the ZEDpod, would feature a mix of green technologies and make use of prefabrication. By building large components off-site in factory conditions, the units could be installed relatively quickly. The architects mention that a ZEDpod village could pop-up over the course of a weekend (I’m assuming they’re ignoring all the ground work in that case).


ZedPod - Zed Factory and Bill Dunster Architects - Bike Rack and Parking - Humble Homes

Solar panels have been integrated into the roof of the development in order to reduce, and possibly eliminate the occupants dependency on the grid. It’s envisioned the the PV panels will be responsible for powering not only the homes, but also electric cars and bikes.


ZedPod - Zed Factory and Bill Dunster Architects - Sheltered Shared Living Space - Humble Homes

When joined together, the ZEDpods form a sheltered central outdoor space. The space can be enjoyed by all the residents and it provides an opportunity to socialize with your neighbors. It’s depicted in the renderings as having lots of greenery and outdoor seating, much like a courtyard.

ZedPod - Zed Factory and Bill Dunster Architects - Cross Section Through ZEDPod - Humble Homes

The individual housing units are designed to cover approximately two car parking spaces. This gives the basic pod an area of 236 square feet (22 square meters) to play with. If you need more space there is a larger alternative that measures 645 square feet (60 square meters).

ZedPod - Zed Factory and Bill Dunster Architects - Prototype ZEDPod - Humble Homes

A cross-section through the ZEDpod reveals its interior layout. The first floor is largely an open plan, multifunctional space, with a living room, dining area, kitchen and separate bathroom. The upper level serves as a bedroom and overlooks the living area below.

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Photos: Zed Factory

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. That isn’t such a dumb idea. Only issues I see are safe access for residents, car damage to superstructure and infrastructure. And, who at the end of the day owns the land, car parkers, residents or would this be a total rental proposition?

  2. Well…this is what we’re slowly coming to…..but this would have to be four or five levels/stories to take advantage of vertical space….just stack’m up…and live simply, harmoniously with others…and take away one’s power needs.

    Some people would want to buy into the “power coop”….some wouldn’t…but it’s an efficient way to share dwindling resources…..we have no choice….at 7.4 billion peeps now.

  3. Such living could be “had” by, buying into the coop builders pool. Ex.) rent for “$500 a month a pod”,…or better yet….get 20 peeps together after the realtors and builders do their’ marketing…and buy the buildling; 20 peeps all chip in 40K….there would be enough profit at these “scales of build economy” to do this over and over and over again.

    Indeed the “superstructure” would need to be protected from car “hits to the structure”…..there’s one f*ckUp in every crowd.