In Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood, five existing row houses had become a dilapidated eyesore and detriment to the surrounding neighborhood. The challenge was to renew and reimagine these homes so their external inherent strengths and qualities would shine, while projecting a new urban lifestyle within their walls.
The challenge for this project was to discover a re-birth of these dilapidated row homes that could build upon the inherent strengths and qualities while creating a new urban, contemporary lifestyle within the walls of these buildings.
Unit interiors were developed around individual owner’s aspirations, yet each providing for a contemporary open floor plan.
The repetitive beauty of the existing brick facades were maintained and serve as a strong unify element of the whole redevelopment.
The existing corner row house was, by far, in the worst condition, with collapsed floors and roof structure. The largest problem of the existing structures was turned into one of the greatest assets by transforming the corner building into an exterior semi-private garden space. What once had been a corner storefront has now been re-imagined into a quiet garden with custom steel railings and fence to allow for security yet transparency into the green space.