If you’ve come here to get your daily fix of new home designs, then get ready for an outstanding concept – the three-story Front to Back Infill project, completed in 2008 by Colizza Bruni Architecture. It’s modern perfection to a tee and comprises two semi-detached, small, yet spacious, luminous homes. The two homes were designed by two architects, who worked together to bestow the homes with marks of their distinct personalities, as well as seamlessly blend the designs. One home faces the street, while the other looks out onto the back of the plot. The narrow 25’ by 80’ plot had the designers face the challenge of creating two residential units that will not feel or look cramped, inside and out, while also fusing with the overall architectural feel of the construction site.
Another challenge was to make the homes as sustainable and affordable as possible. To this end, the homes were separated from the get-go, allowing each home owner to maintain separate ownership and split the cost of the plot of land. Economic materials were employed throughout the design, and the interiors were beautified with simple, yet effective details. By making the homes as small as the space allowed them, the design team promoted sustainability and “responsible growth in a compact, walkable urban center. The primary form of the building began as a simple 3 storey box at the rear of the lot (the back unit) with a second box grafted onto the front (the front unit). The front box was raised on stilts to allow for parking and a separate access to the back unit. It was then sculpted and fragmented to reflect the proportions of the existing houses. The two homes were wrapped with metal and plywood inspired by the site’s industrial context.”