Posted September 5, 2016

Tiny house at Temple's community garden

The 160-square-foot structure will serve the university and the neighboring community.

A construction worker working on the tiny house.
Photography By: 
Ryan Brandenberg
The tiny house project is slated to be completed in December 2016.

When you look around Temple’s campus, the growth can’t be hidden. The site for the soon-to-be library could be mistaken for an archeology site, nearly taking up an entire city block.

For the library, the end product will be stunning—but at Temple, bigger doesn’t mean better. Some of the most impressive projects, although described proudly as tiny, are created by student innovation.

Over the past two years, Temple University’s Office of Sustainability partnered with a number of academic disciplines to design a sustainable tiny house for the student-run Temple Community Garden at Diamond and Carlisle streets.

  • The tiny house under construction.
    Thirty-five Temple students from 18 different disciplines—advertising to art education— competed in a one-day contest to create conceptual design ideas for the sustainable tiny house.
  • The side of the tiny house.
    Two architecture classes were tasked with designing and building the tiny house in collaboration with an engineering senior design team who will also test system performance after construction.
  • A construction worker as seen from the inside of the tiny house.
    The 160-square-foot structure will feature a composting toilet, a green roof, a high performance thermal envelope, rainwater harvesting and a solar photovoltaic system.
  • The interior of the tiny house.
    The Tiny House will be used for workshops, demonstrations and meetings. The building offers Temple Community Garden the opportunity to expand their programming to the neighboring community through demonstrations and on-site workshops on topics such as food access, food preparation and urban gardening.

The construction of the tiny house is slated to be completed by December 2016.