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:

Nest House by Zen Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Nest House by Zen Architects
Featured Project A Cozy, Nest-Like Mezzanine Studio Floats Above This Living Space To unite all living spaces without creating one large space, a unique nest-like studio sits above the living area in this reno.
House Au Yeung by Tribe Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) House Au Yeung by Tribe Studio
Featured Project A Quirky Renovation Beautifully Reinterprets this 1930s Bungalow Inspired by the whimsical flourishes of the original 1930s home this renovation reinterprets brick sunbursts and Tudor detailing.
Taringa Treehouse by Phorm Architecture and Design (via Lunchbox Architect) Taringa Treehouse by Phorm Architecture and Design
Featured Project Taringa Treehouse: An Unorthodox Addition at the Bottom of the Garden A delightfully fun, cubby-like folly at the bottom of the garden provides extra space and encourages the full use of the garden.
Brunswick Cottage by EM Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Brunswick Cottage by EM Architects
Featured Project A Compact Home Was Made Even Smaller but the Outcome is Extraordinary This compact home was made even smaller yet better, proving the amount of space you have is less important than how you use it...
Villa Unit Reinvigorate by SWG Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) Villa Unit Reinvigorate by SWG Studio
Featured Project Removing Internal Walls Gives This Home a Modern Open-Plan Vibe By removing the internal walls of this unit and incorporating plenty of built-in joinery, it feels more spacious and modern.
St David Street House by Drawing Room Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) St David Street House by Drawing Room Architecture
Featured Project With Good Design Even the Smallest of Spaces Can Live Large This compact addition proves small spaces can be highly liveable with plenty of storage, daylighting and a connection to the outdoors.
D+K House by buck&simple (via Lunchbox Architect) D+K House by buck&simple
Featured Project These Owners Take Their Love of Gardening to New Heights A deep soil green roof improves this home's environmental credentials, looks great and satisfies the owners' love of gardening.
Glass Link House by Robbie Walker (via Lunchbox Architect) Glass Link House by Robbie Walker
Featured Project New Master Bedroom Pod for a "Very, Very Deserving Mum"... After buying a "rough" knocker-downer in the 'burbs, builder/designer/snow boarder, Robbie Walker decided to renovate instead.
Casa de Gatos by WOWOWA Architecture (via Lunchbox Architect) Casa de Gatos by WOWOWA Architecture
Featured Project Crazy About Cats? We May Have Found Your Perfect Inner-City Abode... If fur-babies, travel, colour and fun are ticking some mental boxes for you, you'll love Casa de Gatos (or 'House of Cats' in Spanish).
Like Living in the '70s by Steffen Welsch Architects (via Lunchbox Architect) Like Living in the '70s by Steffen Welsch Architects
Featured Project Modernist 1970s Home Addresses its Shortcomings For 21st Century Life A home rich with character is updated to improve comfort, privacy and connection to the landscape without losing its vintage feel.
Ethel by Lisa Cummins Architect (via Lunchbox Architect) Ethel by Lisa Cummins Architect
Featured Project What Surprises Are Hiding Behind This Humble Victorian-Era Facade? 'Ethel' has a number of delightful surprises up her sleeve, proving there's more to this humble Victorian home than she lets on...
Jindalee Outlook House by Trace Studio (via Lunchbox Architect) Jindalee Outlook House by Trace Studio
Featured Project 1970s Home Opens Up Front and Back to Connect Indoors and Outdoors A series of small additions left this home's living areas dark and detached from the garden, but Trace Studio have changed all that.
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).