Urban homes come with a lot of constraints. Tight sites, neighboring houses, heritage controls and planning regulations affect how urban homes are designed. Obviously constraints breed innovation because architecturally designed urban homes are some of the most innovative and interesting houses around.

At Lunchbox Architect we pride ourselves on sourcing the best examples of small urban homes. We argue that homes don't have to be huge to great. In fact, small urban homes are easier to maintain, cheaper to run and, when designed right, a joy to live in.

Block out the hustle and bustle by concentrating on these top-quality urban homes we've featured on Lunchbox Architect:

Collection Terrace Renovation Full of character but dark and stuck with a long, narrow block, terrace renovations are a challenge, but the outcomes can be incredible.
North Bondi House by Josephine Hurley Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) North Bondi House by Josephine Hurley Architecture
Featured Project Location, Location, Location. And, Now, the Other Three Ls... This 1980s-era home already had a stellar location. Thanks to an internal reno, it has everything else you'd want in a home, too...
Paddington House by Supercontext (via Lunchbox Architect) Paddington House by Supercontext
Featured Project Traces of the Original Are Left to Tell the Story of Paddington Reno The substantial renovation of this terrace transforms the home, but reminders of the past are woven in to create a rich tapestry.
Feng Shui House by Steffen Welsch Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Feng Shui House by Steffen Welsch Architects
Featured Project Feng Shui Helps This Reno Achieve Harmony and Happiness In many ways, Feng Shui aligns with the principles of good design. Here, Feng Shui achieves a light, harmonious and delightful home.
Stafford House by TONIC Design (via Lunchbox Architect) Stafford House by TONIC Design
Featured Project High Ceilings, Large Windows Make This Home Look and Feel Larger It's amazing how high ceilings can offer your home an extra sense of space, just take a look at this light and bright example...
Oye Mi Canto House by CplusC Architectural Workshop (via Lunchbox Architect) Oye Mi Canto House by CplusC Architectural Workshop
Featured Project The Secret to Ensuring Light and Breezes for this Long Narrow Home... Three distinct pavilions create the breathing room needed for maximum light and breezes on this narrow inner-city block.
Northcote Residence by Melanie Beynon AD (via Lunchbox Architect) Northcote Residence by Melanie Beynon AD
Featured Project A Timber-rich Addition Creates a Warm, Character-filled Home A beautiful new living space wrapping around a courtyard deck plus main bedroom suite creates the perfect home for a family of six.
Driftwood by  (via Lunchbox Architect) Driftwood by
Featured Project A Beach House That Feels Private Without Missing the Views A beach house doesn't need to feel like a glass box on stilts, this home feels intimate while still celebrating the views.
Pool House by Zen Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Pool House by Zen Architects
Featured Project Multi-generational Family Pool Their Resources to Create Perfect Home Pooling for a pool: would you join forces with your parents to create the ultimate inner-city pad complete with a rooftop pool?
Deepwater House by Dieppe Design (via Lunchbox Architect) Deepwater House by Dieppe Design
Featured Project Building on a BAL-FZ (Flame Zone) Site Made This Home a Challenge With the site's Bushfire Attack Level of Flame Zone, achieving the incredible expanses of glazing took incredible attention to detail.
The Good Life House by MRTN Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) The Good Life House by MRTN Architects
Featured Project A Home Designed for a Family to Come Together or Find their Own space Bringing together all the things they loved from previous houses, their new home represents the good life for this family of five.
Maison de Famille by Sandbox Studio Architecture & Design (via Lunchbox Architect) Maison de Famille by Sandbox Studio Architecture & Design
Featured Project Why Move When Renovating Means You Can Achieve Everything You Want? The only way was up at this home, but renovating meant this family were able to achieve everything they wanted without having to move.
Puzzle Box by Amrish Maharaj Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) Puzzle Box by Amrish Maharaj Architect
Featured Project This Home Addition Was More Like Solving a Complex 3D Puzzle With the option of renovating or selling, this family chose to renovate to stay in the area they, but that was easier said than done!
Cooks River House by studioplusthree (via Lunchbox Architect) Cooks River House by studioplusthree
Featured Project It's Hard to Believe This Home is Tucked in Sydney's Inner-west. With its lush, wild setting, this home could be worlds away from the city and that's exactly what the owners wanted to achieve.
23 July 2020 (via Lunchbox Architect) 23 July 2020
Article 15 Architects Share Their Favourite Three Projects Architects show us some of their proudest moments and explain what they love so much about what they do.
Garnet Street by Kirsten Johnstone Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Garnet Street by Kirsten Johnstone Architecture
Featured Project New Layout of this Inter-war Home Makes it Perfect for Modern Living By rethinking the layout of this home, a more efficient plan that's perfect for modern living was found within the existing footprint.
Oxford Cottage by Bones Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) Oxford Cottage by Bones Studio
Featured Project Queenslander Renovation Transforms One-bedroom into Family Home Stunning Queenslander renovation retains the character of the original home while creating a modern addition for a growing family.
Masuto by Jamison Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Masuto by Jamison Architects
Featured Project Rethinking the Typical Duplex Development Offers Numerous Advantages 'It's the way things have always been done' doesn't mean it's the best solution! Questioning the norm can unlock hidden gold...
House B by Whispering Smith (via Lunchbox Architect) House B by Whispering Smith
Featured Project Amazing What an Average Post-war Brick House Can Become... This post-war brick house has been transformed into a stylish modern home with a thoughtful addition and creative reworking.
St Peters House II by Kreis Grennan Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) St Peters House II by Kreis Grennan Architecture
Featured Project A New Laneway House Celebrates This Inner Suburb's History of Bricks Celebrating the suburb's history, this laneway house demonstrates how to create high-quality housing in the inner city with flair.
Clovelly by Modscape (via Lunchbox Architect) Clovelly by Modscape
Featured Project Six Prefabricated Modules Create a Forever Home With an Ocean View Designed to make the most of the view, even from the backyard, this prefab modular home is like a viewing scope towards the ocean.
Apartment on Ballarat by Circle Studio Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Apartment on Ballarat by Circle Studio Architects
Featured Project A Revamp Turns Tired '90s Townhouse Into Bright and Welcoming Home It's hard to believe 1994 was nearly 30 years ago, but this home was sure showing its age. No more thanks to a fun and bright revamp.
Palm House by Kirsten Johnstone Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Palm House by Kirsten Johnstone Architecture
Featured Project A Series of Courtyards Turn This Dark Victorian Into a Lush Oasis Internal courtyards are the answer to finding natural daylight and preventing overlooking issues in this inner-city renovation.
ALB/ by PLY Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) ALB/ by PLY Architecture
Featured Project Beach House Maximises the Views Despite a Narrow Frontage Some clever solutions mean even a home on a long, narrow block can capture scenic, wraparound views of the ocean.
Brunswick East House by Studio Esteta (via Lunchbox Architect) Brunswick East House by Studio Esteta
Featured Project Get the Ensuite and Kitchen You've Always Wanted Without Extending A more efficient floor plan could unlock the space for an ensuite, open-plan kitchen and plenty of storage without extending...
YrdPod by Kreis Grennan Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) YrdPod by Kreis Grennan Architecture
Featured Project YrdPod Is a Designer Tiny House That's Perfect for the Backyard If you're squeezed for space but can't justify the disruption and cost of either moving or renovating, this might be the answer...
McNamara House by Tom Robertson Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) McNamara House by Tom Robertson Architects
Featured Project A Timeless New Addition is Quietly Hidden Behind the Original Home This new addition is unquestionably modern, but it has an enduring, timeless quality which makes old and new perfect companions.
Frankston Mid Century Modern by MRTN Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Frankston Mid Century Modern by MRTN Architects
Featured Project A Recent Polish Leaves This Mid-century Modern Gem Sparkling With only minor changes over its 50-year life, this mid-century home retained its original charm but desperately needed a little TLC.
LVL/ by PLY Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) LVL/ by PLY Architecture
Featured Project A Modern Pavilion Is the Perfect Complement to This Heritage Home Full of light and opening onto the pool and outdoor area, this modern pavilion is the perfect addition to this heritage home.
Art House and Studio by Zen Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Art House and Studio by Zen Architects
Featured Project A Home and Studio Created with Restoration, Re-use and Recycling A renovation to a Victorian-era home and detached studio shines thanks to the three Rs plus local manufacturing and craftsmanship.
Project Elsternwick Extension by  (via Lunchbox Architect) Project Elsternwick Extension by
Featured Project Modern Addition Inspired by the Original Mid-century Modern Home The owners of a mid-century home loved the qualities of their home but needed a modern addition to bring it into this century.
The Balcony by Bastian Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) The Balcony by Bastian Architecture
Featured Project Taking Advantage of a Corner Location to Reconnect With the Community On the corner of two main thoroughfares, a new room conceived as a large balcony gives this home a way to connect with the community.
Pattern Cottage by Kitty Lee Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Pattern Cottage by Kitty Lee Architecture
Featured Project Fun-filled Addition Transforms One-bedroom Cottage Into a Family Home An injection of pattern and brings plenty of personality to this cottage addition, perfect for a creative young family.
Balston House by  (via Lunchbox Architect) Balston House by
Featured Project Transforming This Single-fronted Edwardian Home for Modern Living While older homes have character baked in, they're not built for modern living. But, you can have the best of both worlds; old and new!
Nat and Gerry's Back Deck by Biscoe Wilson Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Nat and Gerry's Back Deck by Biscoe Wilson Architects
Featured Project A New Kitchen and Back Deck Become the Hub of This Home A back deck completely transforms the functionality of this home, creating a hub connecting living areas with the backyard.
Second Avenue Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Second Avenue Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects
Featured Project The Challenge of Creating a Home for an Introvert and an Extrovert Creating a home for an introvert and an extrovert means balancing openness with a need for privacy; prospect and refuge.
Atop a Shop by Tsai Design (via Lunchbox Architect) Atop a Shop by Tsai Design
Featured Project Ever Looked at a Shopfront and Wondered What’s Going on Upstairs? Shop tops in Victorian-era buildings are often dark and often empty these days, talk about a wasted opportunity!
3 April 2020 (via Lunchbox Architect) 3 April 2020
Article How Coronavirus Amplifies Your Home's (Good and) Bad Qualities When you #stayhome, small frustrations can turn into colossal ones but, on the flip side, pay attention to what you love about your home...
Ballarat House by Eldridge Anderson Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Ballarat House by Eldridge Anderson Architects
Featured Project This Home Demonstrates Benefits of an Architect Versus Off-the-Plan A refined and considered home in a new estate shows the power of using an architect versus buying off-the-plan from a bulk builder.
Mount Hawthorn House by RYANarc (via Lunchbox Architect) Mount Hawthorn House by RYANarc
Featured Project Hugging the Southern Boundary Creates an Outdoor Room At This Reno... A long, thin addition on the southern boundary allows this home to maximise the amount of natural light and create an outdoor room.
Dearie Residence by OMG Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Dearie Residence by OMG Architects
Featured Project Mid-century Modern House Senstively Updated for 21st Century Living An addition to this mid-century gem keeps the essence of the original while ensuring it's fit for family life in this century.
Moor House by Kuzman Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Moor House by Kuzman Architecture
Featured Project By Thinking Creatively, 'More House' Wasn't Necessary at Moor House Oftentimes when you feel like you need 'more house', the answer is actually to rethink the way your existing house functions...
Melrose Terrace by Dan Gayfer Design (via Lunchbox Architect) Melrose Terrace by Dan Gayfer Design
Featured Project For This Retired Couple, Downsizing Is Far From a Downgrade Downsizing from a large family home to an inner-city pad, this couple were prepared to compromise on space, but not on function!
Courtyard House by Youssofzay + Hart (via Lunchbox Architect) Courtyard House by Youssofzay + Hart
Featured Project Leave Some Breathing Room Between the Existing Home and Addition... A thin addition to this home creates new living spaces, but the bonus is a courtyard created by leaving space between existing and new.
Perfect-Imperfect House by Megowan Architectural (via Lunchbox Architect) Perfect-Imperfect House by Megowan Architectural
Featured Project For These Perfectionists, Renovating Meant Embracing the Imperfect Renovating is a messy art full of compromise but, if you roll with it, the result can be the perfect-imperfect home for your family.
South Yarra House by de.arch (via Lunchbox Architect) South Yarra House by de.arch
Featured Project A Tight Inner-City Block Required Some Big Ideas for Small Spaces With a block of just 117 square metres, this inner-city reno required some creative thinking to make the most of all available space...
Nola Avenue House by Philip Stejskal Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Nola Avenue House by Philip Stejskal Architects
Featured Project A Carefree Family Home Takes Its Cues From the Classic Beach House With hints of those classic beach houses, but all the modern needs of a family home, living here would feel like an endless holiday.
St Kilda Cottage House by Jost Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) St Kilda Cottage House by Jost Architects
Featured Project This Addition Overcomes the Challenges of a Tricky Tapering Block Making the complex seem effortless in this addition on a tapering block was not easy, but the results are phenomenal.
A House for All Seasons by POLYstudio (via Lunchbox Architect) A House for All Seasons by POLYstudio
Featured Project A House for All Seasons Designed and Built to Passive House Standards This family home was designed with best-practice sustainability and Passive House standards to be a comfortable home for years to come.