Antioch College Village

Antioch College Village is conceived as an environmentally sustainable, multi-generational, mixed-income community on the campus of Antioch College, near the vibrant downtown of the Village of Yellow Springs.

The Pilot Project

Working with Buckminster Fuller Prize winner Jason F. McLennan—considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today—and the McLennan Design team, Antioch College has created a unique sustainable pocket neighborhood as a pilot project and for the envisioned Antioch Village co-housing community. The project integrates into the Yellow Springs neighborhood while being connected to the larger college campus.

Comprised of eight tiny home units – four 2 Bedroom units and four attached units – this new community will feature compact homes built to high energy efficiency and sustainability standards, a vibrant village green shared by all of the residents, and ample space for community gardens.

A sustainable Pocket Neighborhood

Site Plan


Modular Design

Both the 2 Bedroom Units and the Attached Units are based off of the same modular footprint to allow fort efficient construction and reduce upfront costs for affordability. This one-size-fits-all strategy not only greatly reduces the cost of construction, but also provides a generous yet fully compact form that facilitates low heating and cooling needs. Two bedroom units are detached whereas one bedroom units are attached.

Net Zero Energy

Designed to Passive House standards, each unit takes advantage of a full 12” of exterior wall to provide superior insulation and thermal efficiency. This could be achieved through using structural insulated panels (SIPS) or through advanced framing techniques – yet to be determined.

This energy efficiency reduces the overall energy needs of the building, allowing 100% of the energy to be provided by the rooftop PV arrays.


Despite their compact form, each unit feels incredibly spacious, due to the generous quality of natural light that floods each space through large windows and multiple skylights and the vaulted ceilings featured inside.. Solar tubes or skylights within the bathrooms and laundry bring natural light into even the subservient spaces.

Water & Waste

The homes could either be connected to municipal water and waste or decoupled depending on interest from the homeowners and willingness by the city to approve alternative means of water collection – like rainwater and waste treatment through composting. Greywater could be handled within the site or be connected to the municipal system.


Tiny Homes

More about the homes

The units themselves will exemplify the most state-of-the-art features of sustainable design, with energy efficient forms, rooftop arrays of PV panels,tight thermal enclosures, efficient equipment, and ample natural light. Options for green water and material solutions are also possible.

The site design has each of the homes looking out on a common greenspace which could be landscaped with food production, seating areas and gathering areas. Porches face the green space to promote community interaction and kitchens and large windows look onto this greenspace as well. To the rear of each unit, a cellar hatch will lead to the optional basement storage area, which doubles as a storm shelter and could also provide options for composting toilets if approved and desired.

Parking is grouped to the east side of the site and carport structures provide shelter from snow.

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