Extensive renovations to a townhouse in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia included reconfiguration of interior spaces throughout, as well as a family room addition that joins the dwelling to the defining feature of the site - a 200-foot long walled garden. Natural wood finishes feature prominently in the addition, which terminates with a large steel window that dramatically connects house and garden. The home's original kitchen and dining spaces were re-ordered to create unobstructed sight-lines, making this window a focal point upon entering the home and creating a strong visual link to the garden. Accents of vibrant green, golden yellow and earthy brown were selected for the new kitchen, referencing shades seen in the garden beyond. Custom wood cabinetry along the party wall transitions from kitchen storage to work space to media center, minimizing the need for wall cabinets and furniture, and allowing the narrow townhouse spaces to feel airy and open.

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Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Hardscapes, Trees, Flowers, Gardens, Shrubs, Walkways, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, and Large Patio, Porch, Deck. A wedge-shaped garden, enclosed within walls of an old industrial building, became the defining feature of the site. Photo  of Urban Garden HouseView Photos

A wedge-shaped garden, enclosed within walls of an old industrial building, became the defining feature of the site.

Modern home with Picture Window Type, Metal, Exterior, Swing Door Type, Living Room, Sofa, Bookcase, Media Cabinet, Chair, Pendant Lighting, Wall Lighting, and Light Hardwood Floor. A family room addition connects the existing historic townhouse to an adjacent walled garden. Large steel french doors visually connect interior spaces to the outdoors. Photo 2 of Urban Garden HouseView Photos

A family room addition connects the existing historic townhouse to an adjacent walled garden. Large steel french doors visually connect interior spaces to the outdoors.

Modern home with Bench, Sofa, Chair, Bookcase, Media Cabinet, Pendant Lighting, Light Hardwood Floor, Wall Lighting, and Living Room. A family room addition connects the existing historic townhouse to an adjacent walled garden. Photo 3 of Urban Garden HouseView Photos

A family room addition connects the existing historic townhouse to an adjacent walled garden.

Modern home with Bench, Sofa, Chair, Bookcase, Pendant Lighting, Media Cabinet, Light Hardwood Floor, Kitchen, Engineered Quartz Counter, Wood Cabinet, White Cabinet, Mosaic Tile Backsplashe, Glass Tile Backsplashe, Refrigerator, Range, Range Hood, Wine Cooler, Dishwasher, Drop In Sink, and Undermount Sink. Ample floor-to-ceiling storage along the party wall minimizes wall cabinets and allows the narrow townhouse kitchen to feel airy and open. Photo 4 of Urban Garden HouseView Photos

Ample floor-to-ceiling storage along the party wall minimizes wall cabinets and allows the narrow townhouse kitchen to feel airy and open.

Modern home with Bench, Sofa, Chair, Media Cabinet, Bookcase, Pendant Lighting, Light Hardwood Floor, Engineered Quartz Counter, White Cabinet, Wood Cabinet, Mosaic Tile Backsplashe, Range Hood, Kitchen, Refrigerator, Range, Dishwasher, Wine Cooler, Undermount Sink, and Drop In Sink. In the kitchen, accents of vibrant green, golden yellow and earthy brown reference shades seen in the garden beyond. Photo 5 of Urban Garden HouseView Photos

In the kitchen, accents of vibrant green, golden yellow and earthy brown reference shades seen in the garden beyond.

Modern home with Media Cabinet, Picture Window Type, Metal, Exterior, Swing Door Type, Table, Chair, Ceiling Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, Standard Layout Fireplace, Light Hardwood Floor, Wood Burning Fireplace, and Dining Room. Kitchen and dining spaces were reorganized to create transparency, and a strong visual link to the garden.  Photo 6 of Urban Garden HouseView Photos

Kitchen and dining spaces were reorganized to create transparency, and a strong visual link to the garden.

Modern home with Back Yard, Hardscapes, Shrubs, Flowers, Trees, Gardens, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Walkways, Picture Window Type, Metal, Exterior, Swing Door Type, and Living Room. A wedge-shaped garden, enclosed within walls of an old industrial building, became the defining feature of the site. Photo 7 of Urban Garden HouseView Photos

A wedge-shaped garden, enclosed within walls of an old industrial building, became the defining feature of the site.

Modern home with Trees, Back Yard, Shrubs, Flowers, Hardscapes, Gardens, Walkways, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Storage Space Room Type, Playroom Room Type, Detached Garage Room Type, and Kids Room. A garden storage shed with a children's playhouse above was built towards the rear of the garden. Photo 8 of Urban Garden HouseView Photos

A garden storage shed with a children's playhouse above was built towards the rear of the garden.

Modern home with Trees, Back Yard, Flowers, Shrubs, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Hardscapes, Gardens, Walkways, Exterior, Metal, Swing Door Type, Windows, and Picture Window Type. A  steel window system infills the garden wall's existing masonry opening. Photo 9 of Urban Garden HouseView Photos

A steel window system infills the garden wall's existing masonry opening.

Axonometric Drawing Photo 10 of Urban Garden House modern homeView Photos

Axonometric Drawing

Side Alley and Plan Photo 11 of Urban Garden House modern homeView Photos

Side Alley and Plan

Landscape Design
  • Patty Redenbaugh, City Plants LLC
Builder
  • Hanson Fine Building
Photographer
  • Jeffrey Totaro
Structure
  • House (Single Residence)