FGLA 2019 Winner: Planter Box House

Residential / 2nd Quarter 2019

FGLA 2019 Winner: Planter Box House

RESIDENTIAL: INDIVIDUAL HOUSES

Planter Box House is designed to grow food for self-sufficiency. Apart from injecting multiple passive design strategies to create a low-energy home, the house is all covered—from the front to the roof and back—by more than 40 types of edible plants, and essentially tripling the green area of the site. These plants are grown in concrete planter boxes, which serve as both a stormwater retention tool and irrigation reservoir.

The planter box façade is utilised as a filter to redefine the internal and external spatial relationship, introducing a new view for the internal living area and external public space. Having the entrance recessed from the boundary and a planter box pushed out as urban furniture extend the public realm.

Invited by the architect, the house owner actively participated in the process, from the design stage to end of construction. This allows transference of architectural knowledge and design intent from the architect to the user. As a result, it enabled the owner to extend the house into its second phase of life, and allows for constant improvisation such as a custom-made irrigation system. The irrigation system connects all the planter boxes that store and recycle nutritious resources and rainwater within the land. It also allows full and precise manipulation of individual planter boxes, from soil composition to the level of water being supplied to each box.

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Project NamePlanter Box House
Location39, Jalan Jejawi, Bangsar, 59100, Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Completion DateOctober 2017
Site Area186 square metres
Gross Floor Area340 square metres
Number of Rooms5
Building Height11.7 metres
Clients/OwnersSeamus Hyland; Jade Chow
Architecture FirmFormzero
Principal ArchitectAr. Lee Cherng Yih
Main ContractorJaya Bintang Sdn. Bhd.
Landscape ArchitectsJade Chow; Seamus Hyland

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