Project / 2nd Quarter 2019

FGLA 2019 Winner: Planter Box House


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.

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