Philadelphia, PA: Fishtown
This planned unit develop is comprised of eight single-family homes composed in a series of homogenous, shifting cubic volumes. Site constraints eliminated the potential for rear yards, creating an opportunity to incorporate outdoor space elsewhere. The design steps back from the street-facing edge to establish courtyards in front of each unit. Here an undulating brick wall, composed of salvaged material from the site’s previous building, wraps the property as an amalgamation of the stoops and porches that fill the neighborhood. This open space works in unison with the vacant lot across the site to create a communal and expanded ‘front yard’.