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Family skyscraper

As we crowd out our cities, unlocking the potential of tiny sites is key to future urban diversity. Having designed an apartment building on a modest footing (see link at bottom), now architects ISA have created an urban family home on an even smaller footprint, the more startling for being shaped like a city skyscraper

Designed by ISA

From the architects:

Unlocking the development potential of tiny sites typically used as expanded backyards or accessory parking is critical to increasing the supply of attainable housing for a diverse range of lifestyles in our crowded cities. Tiny Tower maximises its modest 3.65m by 8.83m lot with a 116.2m², six level home. 

Although it measures only 11.58’ in height, Tiny Tower is organised like a full-scale skyscraper. Linked by a strong core of vertical circulation, each level is similar in size and quality, allowing for flexible programming. 

With a kitchen at the lower level and tucked away bathrooms on upper ones, each floor is free to define live, work and play in multiple configurations. 


A front justified folded plate metal stair provides a dramatic, light-filled circulation stack that affords surprising views inside and out.

The design promotes vertical living for both indoor and outdoor space, occupying the entire footprint of the site in the required setbacks with a lower level window garden, a second level walk out terrace, and a roof deck. 

Tiny Tower demonstrates how small scale can feel large in amenity and experience.

Check out the similarly designed multi-apartment tower by ISA here

Credit list

Project
Tiny Tower
Size in square metres
116.2m2
Architect
ISA
MEP engineer
J+M Engineering
Location
Philadelphia, PA
Developer
Callahan Ward
Structural Engineer
Larsen & Landis Structural Engineers
Stair fabricator
En-Motion Design

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Sam Oberter

17 May, 2020