2009 | Philadelphia, PA

How often do you get a whole city block to play with?  That was the opportunity on Bancroft Street where previously demolished row homes left a majority of the street vacant.   Working closely with the developer/builder, we master planned two phases of construction to create 11 new homes.  With lots less than 16’ wide, the units are a study in verticality and include appealing living spaces from below-grade to the rooftop.  The design took a creative approach to daylighting and incorporated light wells and clerestories to successfully bring light deep into the units. The use of geothermal heat pumps and modular construction demonstrate that these technologies can be successfully accomplished on even the narrowest of city streets. One of our favorite features is the street-level storage unit for bicycles, strollers, trash or any other movable object that vexes most city homeowners.


Jerry Rouleau Award for Excellence in Home Design - Modular Green Building, National Association of Home Builders, 2012