Nyberg and Koistinen’s row houses were purist forms in strict repetition. Unlike other row houses of the time the nine-square grid plan was open in the center to create interior courtyards on the second floor. The units are also unconventional in the placement of all the living space on the upper level and garage and storage beneath. These two design moves were a clever way to keep the living space under 125sqm, a common cut-off point at the time for low interest rate financing. The occupant could then very easily convert the lower level if desired. Many of the courtyards have been filled in to gain more interior space and what was a pristine site is now overgrown hiding the austere forms from view providing privacy for the occupants.