Tres Casitas sits on the western edge of Boulder, Colo., in a lot that had been in foreclosure. The homes are positioned relative to each other, and to the views of the Flatirons, a rock formation to the west.
Originally, the project started out as three townhomes in typical urban fashion. But it developed in to a sort of Commune 2.0, with shared amenities like shared storage and garage space.
Three different homeowers of overlapping generation live closely as neighbors. 'Putting modern buildings in an old part of town wouldn't have worked 15 years ago," says architect E.J. Meade. "But Boulder has changed."
Keeping to height restrictions in a neighborhood filled with bungalows and Victorians was an important part of the plan in order to get buy-in from the neighbors.
The judges praised the indoor-outdoor flow. Designing the project so that each house could have great light and optimal views was a challenge.