102 Potted Olive Plants Cover the Facade of This Bangkok Home

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By Michele Koh Morollo
The first thing that catches the eye when one passes the Flower Cage House in Bangkok is a gridded-steel framework with a facade that showcases 102 potted plants.

The owners of the 10-year-old house wanted to renovate and expand the 2,580-square-foot home to accommodate new family members. They turned to Bangkok-based architecture firm Anonym Studio to get the job done. They built upwards to create a larger two-story house with almost 3,300 square feet of usable internal space.

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In what was previously the main living area on the ground floor, the architects demolished an existing wall and introduced steel-framed, glazed panels instead. This was done in order to bring in more light and connect the indoor spaces with the outdoors. 

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In the garage, an old pole structure was removed to free up space. 

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The interiors at the back of the house were extended to enlarge the living, kitchen, and dining areas, which are visually connected to the outdoor garden with full-height windows.

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A multipurpose area was built above the original garage on the second floor. 

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A free-floating iron staircase leads from the garage on the ground level up to this multipurpose area. 

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Underneath the stairs is a fishpond, which lends a sense of tranquility to the experience of walking up and down the stairs. The master bedroom, another living lounge, a dressing room, and a bathroom are located on the second level above the living and dining area at the back of the house.

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The reinforced steel structure that wraps around the front of the house gives the architecture a lightness and transparency that distinguishes it from other buildings on the same street. 

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The language of space and freedom that the architects brought to the house is expressed beautifully by the olive plants that thrive in their individual frames. 

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Project Credits: 

-Architecture and landscape design: Anonym Studio 

-Builder/general contractor: BLS Company 

-Structural engineer: Weravut Tudthong 

-Civil engineer: Thirachat Chandrangarm  

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