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Flower Cage House, Bangkok, Thailand


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Located in the Ladprao neighbourhood in the northern part of Bangkok, Thailand, where housing prices are about half of those in the downtown area, the Flower Cage House enjoys a quieter residential scene but is connected to downtown by sky train in less than 30 minutes.

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The owner, a local actor and DJ, wanted to transform the former housing estate building and the adjacent garage into a modern home for himself and his parents who visit him frequently.

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He engaged Bangkok-based Anonym Studio to realize his vision for a house that would be masculine and energetic, but also a gentle, green haven.

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Anonym founders, architects Phongphat Ueasangkhomset and Parnduangjai Roojnawate, took a bold approach and transformed the nondescript and depressing 300-square meter (3,230 sq.ft) house into a true sanctuary.

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The key visual elements of the finished residence are the dark metal grids inside and out, and the presence of both real and man-made greenery.

Even with the abundant use of metal, the home looks light and airy and the sightlines are clear and offer inviting peeks into the living spaces.

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The most unusual feature of the structure is the “flower cage” where well-known Gothenburg, Sweden-educated local ceramic artist Aor Sutthiprapha created 102 potted olive trees, the symbol of freedom.

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Phongphat Ueasangkhomset tells us that the ceramic plants are his favourite aspect of the project although they and the steel cage housing them were also the most demanding parts.

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The existing house’s ground level includes the foyer, living area, two bedrooms, a bathroom, pantry and storage. There are also two parking spaces and a pond.

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A new steel-structured building was created over the existing garage and the new second-floor area now has a large multipurpose area.

The designers took down all of the interior walls of the second floor of the existing house and created a private, personal penthouse with the master bedroom, lounge area, dressing room and in-suite bathroom. Tuija Seipell.

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Images by Ketsiree Wongwan

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