Project Background

In 2015, ICA was hired to help with the pre-development services for a new type of residential unit in the city of Madison. The program called for low-cost micro unit housing in a mixed use development on Madison‘s near east side. Working with the clients property limitations, overall vision, in the city’s entitlement process proved to be challenging. The end result was a project that has been successful at all levels.

Project Type: Commercial , Residential
Markets Served: Mixed-Use , Interiors , Residential

ICA worked with very tight budget constraints using affordable materials that would perform in our environment over the long haul with minimum maintenance. The building needed to sit with in the neighborhood’s plan and, as important in any urban development, it needed to meet with the expectations of the building’s neighbors and the city of Madison‘s planning staff.


As the units are all less than 300 ft.² very careful planning was required in order to create space that was marketable to a growing number of young professionals who are committed to a life without the acquisition of property. Basic housing needs were provided in a very small space that is flooded with light from the large windows that run essentially wall-to-wall and floor to ceiling on the outside walls. The project was completed and is nearing full occupancy. We are currently discussing additional developments following the model that we created at KM2.

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