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Planter Box House hides behind a cascading wall of vibrant greenery

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The Planter Box house was designed for a retired couple with a keen interest in gardening and growing their own food
The Planter Box house was designed for a retired couple with a keen interest in gardening and growing their own food
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The Planter Box House's garden beds are used to raise more than 40 different types of edible plants
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The Planter Box House's garden beds are used to raise more than 40 different types of edible plants
The Planter Box house by architecture firm Formzero is a particularly creative solution to urban farming
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The Planter Box house by architecture firm Formzero is a particularly creative solution to urban farming
Kitchen and living areas inside the Planter Box House
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Kitchen and living areas inside the Planter Box House
The architects see their Planter Box House as a “redefinition of a contemporary tropical house"
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The architects see their Planter Box House as a “redefinition of a contemporary tropical house"
Kitchen and living areas inside the Planter Box House
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Kitchen and living areas inside the Planter Box House
The architects see their Planter Box House as a “redefinition of a contemporary tropical house"
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The architects see their Planter Box House as a “redefinition of a contemporary tropical house"
The Planter Box House was designed for a retired couple with a keen interest in gardening and growing their own food
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The Planter Box House was designed for a retired couple with a keen interest in gardening and growing their own food
Living space inside the Planter Box House
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Living space inside the Planter Box House
The Planter Box House is spread across three floors
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The Planter Box House is spread across three floors
The Planter Box House is spread across three floors
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The Planter Box House is spread across three floors
Bedroom inside the Planter Box House
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Bedroom inside the Planter Box House
The Planter Box House's garden beds are used to raise more than 40 different types of edible plants
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The Planter Box House's garden beds are used to raise more than 40 different types of edible plants
Exterior detail on the Planter Box House
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Exterior detail on the Planter Box House
The Planter Box house was designed for a retired couple with a keen interest in gardening and growing their own food
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The Planter Box house was designed for a retired couple with a keen interest in gardening and growing their own food
The Planter Box House offers 340-sq-m (3,660-ft) of floorspace across three floors
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The Planter Box House offers 340-sq-m (3,660-ft) of floorspace across three floors
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The idea of growing your own food for sustenance is an appealing one, but not always a realistic option for people living in busy cities, let alone one with the population density of Kuala Lumpur. The Planter Box House by local architecture firm Formzero is a particularly attractive solution to this, offering its residents ample space to grow their greens in a set of tiered concrete garden beds that make up the facade.

The Planter Box House was designed for a retired couple with a keen interest in gardening and growing their own food, but with an interest also in city living. The building features 17 planter boxes, a number of which cascade down the front of the house to create a visually striking facade.

The Planter Box House's garden beds are used to raise more than 40 different types of edible plants
The Planter Box House's garden beds are used to raise more than 40 different types of edible plants

These planter boxes are used to raise more than 40 different types of edible plants, but also serve as both a stormwater retention and irrigation reservoir. Split bamboo produced by the indigenous people from the Malaysian state of Negeri Sembilan serves as the framework for the concrete boxes, which the architects expect to age gracefully with exposure to rain and urban pollution.

The house itself offers 340-sq-m (3,660-ft) of floorspace across three floors, and includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms and two living rooms. Passive design elements include heavy use of glass walls for illumination throughout, along with windows placed strategically to encourage cross ventilation.

The Planter Box House is spread across three floors
The Planter Box House is spread across three floors

Ultimately, the architects see their Planter Box House as a "redefinition of a contemporary tropical house," and though it has now been occupied since 2017, it is hoped that the married couple can use it to continue experimenting with urban farming in their urban, tropical climate.

The recently produced short video below offers more of a look around the Planter Box House.

Source: Formzero

Planter Box House

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