Cipriani Studios designed these two attached homes on Woolslayer Way in collaboration with a women-owned boutique development company. Our first goal was to help make the most of the location – a tight, uphill alley in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood that is home to a mature tree.
As you move throughout the interior, large picture windows along the back offer views to the tree, which stands taller than the house itself. Along with a finished roof deck, these windows invite nature indoors, creating a green, leafy vibe that balances nicely with the bold exterior.
To achieve the client’s industrial-inspired design vision, we created bold forms in corrugated metal to create the home’s primary gestures. We then recessed the lower levels and clad them in black fiber cement panels for a monochrome, minimalist look.
The corrugated panels employ a squared-off design instead of the basic wavy look, and careful window placements created a muted facade that looks chic, while also creating privacy in a high-density location.
The exterior’s industrial language is counterbalanced inside by warm wood, colorful accents and eclectic decor. The developer selected a blend of modern, industrial, and rustic fixtures and finishes, for an overall look that many of today’s buyers find appealing.