While designing a dwelling in Seoul, Korea, OA: Lab took note of how common it was for people to decorate the exterior of their home with flowers. Despite homeowners’ desire for botanical design incorporation, structures simply hadn’t been built with planters embedded into them. OA: Lab decided to run with this idea and take an unconventional approach–they ingeniously integrated nature into the structure’s facade. The bottom half of the building has individual flower pots that provide spaces for plants to grow.
The unique detail uses glass fiber reinforced concrete to form a series of bulbous, tear-drop shaped pocket panels. Each pocket features a wide opening–which allows the flowers to flourish–that then tapers to a triangular point. A variety of blooms can be planted in these panels, and their neutral coloring is a gorgeous contrast to natural green, pink, and purple plants.
OA: Lab’s design is best viewed with flowers, but sans plants, these pocket panels still offer a playful twist to the building’s understated, modern design.