Could You Share Your Dream Home?

Could You Share Your Dream Home?

By Robert Landon / Photos by Salva López
Two families in Padua, Italy, combine forces—and resources—to build a pair of matching houses.

In an ancient city, a young family was bursting at the seams of their apartment. Luca Pagnan, a businessman, and his wife, Elena, a lawyer, felt stuck. They had two children—Cecilia, now 5, and Giovanni, 2 (baby Francesco joined the family in 2015)—and barely a balcony to connect their house to the outdoors. So they began looking for an affordable lot in the city’s dense urban core.

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