Designed as a house for a retired couple who are passionate in growing fruit, vegetables and herb’s, the plant filled Planter Box House appears less defined, as its appearance oscillates between garden, farm and house. Designed by Formzero, the house located in Kuala Lumpur, with its cascading concrete planter boxes sustaining more than 40 types of edible plants on every floor, creates a strong visual contrast with the surrounding buildings.
Its recessed frontage provides additional public spaces for inter-neighbourhood interaction. Beyond the boundary, the first planter box is built around an existing jasmine tree. This planter serves an urban furniture, a connection between the couple and their neighbour. The internal spaces are imbued with a strong sense of hospitality and the owner’s attitude towards tropical sustainable urban community living and farming.
The Planter Box House is a physical representation of the owner’s lifestyle, it is also a knowledge platform in which the married couple constantly improvises the irrigation and planting system. This project serves as a valuable opportunity and experience not only for the client to learn about farming in a tropical setting, but also for the surrounding community. The life of the building is expected to be continually improved, developed and grows organically along with the couple.