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:
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.