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:

Studio Garage by Krisna Cheung Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Studio Garage by Krisna Cheung Architects
Featured Project A Translucent Studio Creates a Soft Backdrop for an Inner City Yard A garage and studio with seperate access from the laneway is a flexible and sensitive space at the rear of this inner-city terrace.
Waverley House by Sam Crawford Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Waverley House by Sam Crawford Architects
Featured Project Could You Live Overseas During the Construction of Your Home? With a good architect, much of the stress of building can be alleviated. This home was renovated while the owners were overseas!
Brunswick Extension by ArchiBlox (via Lunchbox Architect) Brunswick Extension by ArchiBlox
Footscray Apartment by BoardGrove Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Footscray Apartment by BoardGrove Architects
Featured Project Footscray Apartment Renovated for More Flexibility and Light An unorthodox, but clever, renovation creates a series of light-filled flexible living spaces and creates the illusion of space.
Northcote House by Adam Dettrick Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Northcote House by Adam Dettrick Architects
Northcote House by Adam Dettrick Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Northcote House by Adam Dettrick Architects
Adelaide Terrace by vittinoAshe (via Lunchbox Architect) Adelaide Terrace by vittinoAshe
Featured Project Apartment Renovation Turns Out to be the Perfect Retirement Plan In this woman's retirement plan? A desire to downsize and determination to age in graceful style in a city central apartment.
Loft House by CHORDstudio (via Lunchbox Architect) Loft House by CHORDstudio
Featured Project A Building at the Back of the Garden Solves a Lot of Problems A building at the bottom of this Perth garden contains a music studio and sleeping loft while connecting to semi-outdoor living areas.
Clinker Charm by Detail 9 Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Clinker Charm by Detail 9 Architects
Featured Project You've Heard of Flipping Houses, But This Home Gets a Different Flip With a living area facing a busy road, a separate and congested kitchen and an under-utilised backyard, this home needed flipping...
Elizabeth Street by Dorrington Atcheson Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Elizabeth Street by Dorrington Atcheson Architects
Featured Project A Modern Home Designed With Deference to Heritage Suburb This double storey home is designed to look like a single storey home so it fits into its heritage neighbourhood.
Elizabeth Street by Dorrington Atcheson Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Elizabeth Street by Dorrington Atcheson Architects
Paddington Residence by Ellivo Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Paddington Residence by Ellivo Architects
Featured Project "Rigorously Contemporary" Home in an Historical Neighbourhood This modern home in an historic neighbourhood was designed by an architect as a home for him and his family.
SSK Residence by Davidov Partners Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) SSK Residence by Davidov Partners Architects
Featured Project A New Living and Dining Wing Connects This Home to the Backyard Two barn-like roofs define the living and dining areas of an otherwise open-plan living space, while connected seamlessly to the garden.
Neville House by Raw Drafting + Design (via Lunchbox Architect) Neville House by Raw Drafting + Design
The Corner House by POLYstudio (via Lunchbox Architect) The Corner House by POLYstudio
The Corner House by POLYstudio (via Lunchbox Architect) The Corner House by POLYstudio
The Corner House by POLYstudio (via Lunchbox Architect) The Corner House by POLYstudio
Blackburn House by ArchiBlox (via Lunchbox Architect) Blackburn House by ArchiBlox
Featured Project Home Among the Gum Trees Makes the Most of a Sloped Site This family home is nestled amongst the gums, cantilevering over the sloped site so it feels more like a treehouse than a regular home.
White Delight by POLYstudio (via Lunchbox Architect) White Delight by POLYstudio
Featured Project A New Verandah Enhances the Liveability of This Inner-City Home Never underestimate the power of a well-designed outdoor living area to transform your home. This clever verandah is a great example.
Monolith House by Rara Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Monolith House by Rara Architecture
Featured Project A Home Designed for Light and Family, Not 'The Market' When you need to fit a lot onto a small block, forget market expectations and look for light and functionality to suit your family.
Project M by Studio 15b (via Lunchbox Architect) Project M by Studio 15b
Featured Project A Home That's Been In the Family for Generations Gets a Lift After a series of ad-hoc alterations, this long-time family home was in need of a major overhaul - it was raised, built-in and under.
YEOVIL by David Barr Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) YEOVIL by David Barr Architect
YEOVIL by David Barr Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) YEOVIL by David Barr Architect
Bonita Room by Irving Smith Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Bonita Room by Irving Smith Architects
Featured Project This Addition Was Architect's Gift for His Daughter's 13th Birthday A small addition and internal reconfiguration of a '60s home designed by a renowned New Zealand architect makes it fit for a family.
Victorian Workers Cottage Addition by Danny Broe Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) Victorian Workers Cottage Addition by Danny Broe Architect
Victorian Workers Cottage Addition by Danny Broe Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) Victorian Workers Cottage Addition by Danny Broe Architect
Journey House by Nic Owen Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Journey House by Nic Owen Architects
Featured Project A House Where the Journey is More Interesting than the Destination Old and new are connected by a black tunnel with no end immediately in sight. But there is a light-filled end to this tunnel.
Kurnell House by Dunn and Hillam Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Kurnell House by Dunn and Hillam Architects
Featured Project Sustainability-Minded House for an Average Family With a Lot of 'Stuff' It takes a lot of 'stuff' to run a family. Just because you're interested in sustainability doesn't mean you need to go without...
Fitzroy House by Julie Firkin Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Fitzroy House by Julie Firkin Architects
Featured Project A Series of Airy Spaces Cascade Down the Natural Slope of This Block An eco-friendly, 7 star energy rated addition to an inner-city terrace feels bright, breezy and, importantly, comfortable year-round.
Fitzroy House by Julie Firkin Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Fitzroy House by Julie Firkin Architects
South Terrace Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) South Terrace Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects
Featured Project Light 'Funnels' Fix East-West Orientation at This Fremantle Renovation Orientation is the best way to make your home feel light and bright. So what can you do when your home faces the wrong way?
South Terrace Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) South Terrace Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects
South Terrace Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) South Terrace Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects
Boston Road Townhouse by Lachlan Shepherd Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Boston Road Townhouse by Lachlan Shepherd Architects
Featured Project This Townhouse on a Small Block Stacks the Backyard on the Roof How to deal with a small block? Don't sacrifice the backyard, stack it on top of the house and you've got a sophisticated roof deck!
Boston Road Townhouse by Lachlan Shepherd Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Boston Road Townhouse by Lachlan Shepherd Architects
Boston Road Townhouse by Lachlan Shepherd Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Boston Road Townhouse by Lachlan Shepherd Architects
Hawthorn Solar Extension by Habitech Systems (via Lunchbox Architect) Hawthorn Solar Extension by Habitech Systems
Featured Project New Solar Extension Designed to Power the Whole House A rear extension takes advantage of a North-facing backyard to connect to the garden and generate electricity for the whole house.
Garth House by Ola Architecture Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) Garth House by Ola Architecture Studio
Featured Project An Elegant Black Timber Extension Compliments a 19th Century Home An elegant and restrained timber addition provides the perfect modern living space for a family of five (plus two energetic dogs).
Garth House by Ola Architecture Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) Garth House by Ola Architecture Studio
Garth House by Ola Architecture Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) Garth House by Ola Architecture Studio
Small and Sculpted Studio Apartment by Catseye Bay (via Lunchbox Architect) Small and Sculpted Studio Apartment by Catseye Bay
Featured Project A Bold, Curvaceous Joinery Unit Completely Transforms this Apartment Both architecture and furniture, the joinery unit designed to fit in the middle of this studio apartment allows for numerous functions.
Shakin' Stevens Residence by Matt Gibson Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Shakin' Stevens Residence by Matt Gibson Architecture
Featured Project This Home Takes the Need to Connect to Green Space Very Seriously You can tell something's different about this heritage home from the moment you see the lime green door and pastel green walls...
Shakin' Stevens Residence by Matt Gibson Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Shakin' Stevens Residence by Matt Gibson Architecture
Shakin' Stevens Residence by Matt Gibson Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Shakin' Stevens Residence by Matt Gibson Architecture
Queen Street Apartment by Dorrington Atcheson Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Queen Street Apartment by Dorrington Atcheson Architects
Featured Project From Painting Storage for a Gallery to a City Centre Family Home Renovating an apartment is a challenge because you're confined to the existing envelope. What if it's also a heritage building?
Queen Street Apartment by Dorrington Atcheson Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Queen Street Apartment by Dorrington Atcheson Architects
Soloman Street Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Soloman Street Alterations and Additions by Philip Stejskal Architects
Escu House by Bijl Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Escu House by Bijl Architecture
Featured Project This Home Shines By Extending the Living Area Into the Verandah Meaning 'shield' in Old French, Escu House creates an expanded North facing living area protected by floor to ceiling timber screen.
Around the Corner by Statkus Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Around the Corner by Statkus Architecture
Featured Project Think of the Polar Bears! This Home Updated for Energy Efficiency... Rising costs and melting ice caps. Why not use your renovation as an opportunity to improve your home's environmental credentials as well.
Claremont Residence by Keen Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Claremont Residence by Keen Architecture
Featured Project Love to Entertain? A Party at This House Can Spill Into the Courtyard A home for entertainers who also travel a lot. Claremont Residence expands for parties or locks down when the owners are away.