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.
Victoria Gardens House by Lucy Clemenger Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Victoria Gardens House by Lucy Clemenger Architects
Featured Project Modern Two-storey Addition Embraces the Park to the Rear of This Home Making the most of the site's assets, this new addition overlooks the lush park behind the home to stunning effect.
Fitzroy Lane House by Kennedy Nolan Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Fitzroy Lane House by Kennedy Nolan Architects
Featured Project You Won't Believe the Home They Created in This Narrow Laneway It's difficult to imagine how this tight block in a laneway could become a functional and spacious home and office, but they did it!
Fitzroy North House by MMAD Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Fitzroy North House by MMAD Architecture
Featured Project You'd Never Guess What's Behind This Facade (But That's the Point) Ultimately council agreed to let them make some changes behind this heritage facade, convinced no one on the street would be the wiser.
Aquas Perma Solar Firma House by CplusC Architectural Workshop (via Lunchbox Architect) Aquas Perma Solar Firma House by CplusC Architectural Workshop
Featured Project Urban Farming is Just the Beginning at the Sustainable Inner-city Home Imagine if all our inner-city homes were eco-friendly urban farms: what a difference we could make! Here's what that might look like...
Light House by LAYAN Architects + Designers (via Lunchbox Architect) Light House by LAYAN Architects + Designers
Featured Project What Would the Director of a Lighting Company's Home Look Like? Sadly lighting is an afterthought in many homes, but not here: a special lighting system demonstrates the potential of lighting design.
60s Revamp by Utz-Sanby Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) 60s Revamp by Utz-Sanby Architects
Featured Project A 60s House Renovation Draws Inspiration From the Original Home This 1960s home originally designed by Peter Johnson is updated to take advantage of its location without losing what makes it special.
Paddington House by Porebski Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Paddington House by Porebski Architects
Featured Project Budget-saving Becomes a Blessing at a Paddington Terrace Renovation Like a tiny, irritating grain of sand creating a lustrous pearl, sometimes a projects' constraints lead to the most charming solutions.
King George by Robeson Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) King George by Robeson Architects
Featured Project The Challenges (and Rewards) of Renovating a Heritage House Renovating a heritage house the right way means you can enjoy the benefits of a modern home while respecting the house's history.
Camperdown Warehouse by Archer Office (via Lunchbox Architect) Camperdown Warehouse by Archer Office
Featured Project From Rolls Royce Factory to the Rolls Royce of Warehouse Conversions If you've ever harboured an urge to live in a trendy inner-city warehouse conversion, be prepared to have some feelings about this...
Yarraville Light House by ROAM Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Yarraville Light House by ROAM Architects
Featured Project Narrow Block? This Home Design Offers a Clever Solution... How do you get sun, light and a sense of space when your block is only 6 metres wide? This home has some solutions for narrow blocks.
Clifton Hill Terraces by Field Office Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Clifton Hill Terraces by Field Office Architecture
Featured Project Eco-townhouses Are Effectively Off-grid in the Middle of the City When you think of an off-grid house you typically imagine a remote cabin in the bush, but these eco-townhouses tell a different story.
Elphin House by Julie Firkin Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Elphin House by Julie Firkin Architects
Featured Project Huge Door and Custom Screen Help This Living Area Embrace the Garden Embracing the garden with a huge double-height space, 7 metre-wide door and patterned screen which fills the home with dappled shade.
Lucky House by Kuzman Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Lucky House by Kuzman Architecture
Featured Project Third Time Lucky? It Might Have Taken Three Goes But It Was Worth It! Three distinct options and three years later they settled on a design, but when you're building forever, take the time to get it right!
Preston I by Irons McDuff Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Preston I by Irons McDuff Architecture
Featured Project Peeling Back the Old Layers Reveals a New Story for This Home Revealing the layers beneath this dilapidated home helps to blend old and new, weaving a rich story from the home's existing fabric.
Rose House 2 by Baracco and Wright Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Rose House 2 by Baracco and Wright Architects
Featured Project It Might Look Like a Single Home, But Looks Can Be Deceiving A home for a couple and a separate home for their adult children. Plus it's on a very public, very tricky triangular site!
His & Her House by FMD Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) His & Her House by FMD Architects
Featured Project They Both Had a Home Designed by the Same Architect: Perfect Match? When a couple who both have homes designed by the same architect get married, their new home together is bound to be adventurous!
Glebe Red by Benn & Penna Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Glebe Red by Benn & Penna Architects
Featured Project New Additions Transform This Terrace Into a Multi-generational Home New living areas and a backyard studio centred around a landscaped courtyard make this home perfect for current and future generations.
Cloud House by Akin Atelier (via Lunchbox Architect) Cloud House by Akin Atelier
Featured Project Designed Around a Central Courtyard, This Home Maximises Light With numerous facets to bounce light around the home, Cloud House feels like living in a cloud surrounded by beautiful, diffused light.
Bowden Bajko House by Davis + Davis Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Bowden Bajko House by Davis + Davis Architects
Featured Project A Dramatic Brick Colonnade Links and Defines New Spaces in This Reno These owners didn't want a 'generic open-plan box'. Instead, a series of interconnected rooms are linked by a dramatic brick colonnade.
Bowden Bajko House by Davis + Davis Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Bowden Bajko House by Davis + Davis Architects
Escher House by MacCormick & Associates Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Escher House by MacCormick & Associates Architects
Featured Project An Escher-inspired Stair Makes Living in 4 Storey Terrace More Fun When you have to hike up and down stairs all day, they may as well be fun! A new stair brings light and novelty to this home.
Bill and Kate's House by Potter&Wilson (via Lunchbox Architect) Bill and Kate's House by Potter&Wilson
Featured Project Impressive Two-storey Addition Peeks Over the Top of This Bondi Home A new two-storey addition transforms Bill and Kate's home, connecting it to the backyard and creates dramatic interior spaces.
Balmain Rock House by Benn & Penna Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Balmain Rock House by Benn & Penna Architects
Featured Project A Dramatic Concrete and Brick Addition to an Old Sandstone Cottage Emulating the solidity of the original 150-year-old cottage, this concrete and brick addition is sure to be around in another 150 years!
Bronte House by Archer Office (via Lunchbox Architect) Bronte House by Archer Office
Featured Project Blurring Boundaries Creates Outdoor Rooms and Indoor Gardens In spite of a narrow block, this home expands its interior to the edge of the site, blurring the line between indoors and outdoors.
Machiya House by Downie North Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Machiya House by Downie North Architects
Featured Project Clever Renovation to a Small, Corner Site in a Heritage Area This home defies its tight site by using screening and careful window placement to grab light and views without exposing itself.
Triangle House by Robeson Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Triangle House by Robeson Architects
Triangle House by Robeson Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Triangle House by Robeson Architects
Featured Project Triangle House Proves Odd-shaped Blocks Deserve Love, Too Trying to fit a home on a tight, triangular block with a busy street on one side and an easement on the other: crazy or brilliant?
(Gr)ancillary Dwelling by Crump Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) (Gr)ancillary Dwelling by Crump Architects
Featured Project (Gr)ancillary Dwelling is Far From Your Average Granny Flat... An incredible home for a much-loved grandmother allows her to live independently (but close by). It's better than a retirement village!
Mid-century Modern House by Elaine Richardson Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) Mid-century Modern House by Elaine Richardson Architect
Featured Project This Extension Is Far From Typical: For One, It's at the Front! An addition to the front is just one of the atypical parts of this project full of surprises and innovative solutions.
Paddington Two Rooms by Graham Anderson Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Paddington Two Rooms by Graham Anderson Architects
Paddington Two Rooms by Graham Anderson Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Paddington Two Rooms by Graham Anderson Architects
Featured Project Two Rooms, One Indoor and the Other Outdoor, But What a Difference! A simple, two-room addition radically transforms the feeling and liveability of this previously dark, introverted home.
Great George by DAH Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Great George by DAH Architecture
Featured Project A Hotchpotch of Dilapidated Additions Cry Out for Some Attention This family extended their Queenslander over the years, but something had to be done to pull it all together and make it liveable again.
River Room/Pavilion for S&P House by Shane Thompson Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) River Room/Pavilion for S&P House by Shane Thompson Architects
Featured Project A Small Living Pavilion Brings Owners Closer to the River A pavilion surrounded by garden brings living closer to the river, creating an additional living space with incredible views.
House 184 by Blank Canvas Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) House 184 by Blank Canvas Architects
Featured Project How to Make a Compact Workers Cottage on a Tight Block Feel Spacious? When you've got a tight block, you need to use every square centimetre. That's how you make a compact home feel spacious.
Milroy Street by Megowan Architectural (via Lunchbox Architect) Milroy Street by Megowan Architectural
Featured Project From 'a Labyrinth of Purples and Yellows' to... This! After removing walls and opening up both the internal space and to the outdoors, this home is virtually unrecognisable.
Mosman House by Annabelle Chapman Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) Mosman House by Annabelle Chapman Architect
Featured Project Rear Addition Brings Light and Outdoor Living to This Federation Home A new two-storey addition to the rear is transformational, bringing new light and life to this old, previously neglected home.
Canterbury Studio by McGann Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Canterbury Studio by McGann Architects
Featured Project This Studio Shows Us What's Possible in Our Own Backyard... With housing (un)affordability growing and our city limits bursting, this project shows us there's still space in the inner city.
Fishley by Bryant Alsop (via Lunchbox Architect) Fishley by Bryant Alsop
Featured Project On a Block Just 5 Metres Wide, Space and Light Are the Main Challenges... Bringing a sense of space and plenty of natural light to a narrow block is tough, but clever design and engineering make it possible.
Samurai Duplex by SG2 Design (via Lunchbox Architect) Samurai Duplex by SG2 Design
Featured Project This Duplex is Inspired By a Samurai and Japanese Architecture A samurai's armour inspires the form and materials of this unique townhouse development, bringing a bit of Japan to the suburbs.
Waterloo Terrace by David Mitchell Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Waterloo Terrace by David Mitchell Architects
Featured Project The Renovation of This Terrace Reuses Existing Materials in New Ways Materials are reused in new and unusual ways in this renovation, instilling the home with unique personality - even the new parts!
HOH/ by PLY Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) HOH/ by PLY Architecture
Featured Project From Faux Colonial to Minimal and Modern: Updated for Modern Living A new opening with integrated seating transforms this home from dated colonial-style, to modern, minimal and cool. What a difference!
Flutter House by Stukel Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Flutter House by Stukel Architecture
Featured Project Roofline of New Addition Extends Off Original Like a Fluttering Flag A double-storey addition sensitively extends the original home, unfurling from the original roofline to create a light-filled home.
Brodecky House by Atlas Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Brodecky House by Atlas Architects
Featured Project Downsizer Creates New Home in the Backyard of Her Corner Block Having lived in the area for 45 years, this downsizer was reluctant to leave. Instead, she built the perfect home in her backyard!
Box Hill North Townhouse by Inbetween Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Box Hill North Townhouse by Inbetween Architecture
Featured Project Are New Townhouses Ruining Your Neighbourhood? Here's One Solution... These townhouses challenge the norm and prove you can develop suburban sites without ignoring the character of the neighbourhood.
Jacaranda House by SP Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) Jacaranda House by SP Studio
Featured Project Architect Reinterprets Queenslander for a Bright and Breezy Addition Queenslander-style homes capture breezes and create shaded, naturally cool living spaces. This addition takes it to the next level.
Peekaboo House by  (via Lunchbox Architect) Peekaboo House by
Featured Project Peekaboo! This Addition Pops Over the Roof of The Original Home To grab light without taking over the backyard, this addition pops its head over the original home, saying peekaboo to the street!
Hawthorn Villa by McManus Lew Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Hawthorn Villa by McManus Lew Architects
Featured Project A Dated and Inward-looking Unit Transformed Into Modern Family Home Instead of demolishing this unit, the architects reimagined it, transforming it into a modern and light-filled 3-bedroom home.
Folding Floor House by  (via Lunchbox Architect) Folding Floor House by
Featured Project Neighbourhood Inspiration Helps This New Kid on the Block Fit In Inspired by a nearby converted factory, this home brings its own spin to the saw-tooth roofline and the inspiration doesn't stop there.
Muriel by Amrish Maharaj Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) Muriel by Amrish Maharaj Architect
Featured Project Creating Space for a Growing Family on Narrow, 3-metre Wide Site An efficiently-planned rear addition to this narrow house creates space and light to grow a family without losing the home's charm.
CCO/ by PLY Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) CCO/ by PLY Architecture
Featured Project Home Renovation in a Coastal Suburb Inspired by Interior of a Ship With exposed structure and a galley-style kitchen, this renovation takes its cues from the economical and practical fit-out of a ship.