‘house on 46’, a multi-generational and permeable house
‘House on 46’ by Kumar LaNoce is a multigenerational house apartment on a cramped urban lot in south Bangalore, India. Featuring a vibrant and porous red facade, the structure demonstrates an intention to understand how domesticity, nature and privacy can be layered within compact sites, while offering dynamic and spacious floor plans that can be customized by residents. ‘House on 46 is an exercise in pushing the boundaries of efficiency in residential architecture to meet the rich demands and desires of multiple generations of residents while creating a home that encourages fluid exchange and connection with nature,’ comment the architects.
On the street-facing facade, a system of operable metal screens forms the outermost “skin” or exoskeleton and begins to blur the lines between private and public, revealing a fluid porosity that responds to the angle of visual intervention. This unique exoskeleton arouses the curiosity of passers-by and offers them a dynamic visual experience.
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Creating a breathable oasis in the heart of Bangalore
The metal panels that clad House on 46 are made from slender mild steel slats of varying sizes and thicknesses, and are stiffened by the pattern while minimizing waste due to varying lengths. the team bei Kumar La Noce has rendered the screen in a deep reddish terracotta, reflecting the light falling on the east-facing facade in multiple tones depending on the time of day. ‘The screen encloses spacious balconies and offers an adaptable front, which is based on the needs of the users,’ notes the studio. In addition, large planters are integrated into the scheme, enlivening and shading the open spaces of the house.
For the interiors, Kumar La Noce has chosen a pragmatic floor plan to maximize the usable areas and open them fully to covered balconies. Walking through the various rooms, the multi-generational family is greeted by warm tones and soft design touches, with crisp white walls set against striking yellow limestone floors accented with gray granite, teak and lime plaster wall finishes.
A series of operable metal screens cover the street facade
Programmatically, the ground floor houses a home office with the potential to convert it into an independent living unit. On the first level are the main living areas, dining room and kitchen. Here comes an essential source of light, air and outdoor family space in the form of a courtyard open to the sky. ‘This versatile space extends the living area and expands its volume beyond its compact floor plan. It serves as an optical connection between the floors and at the same time enables the climate to be regulated throughout the house, which ensures a constant flow of fresh air, especially in hot summers,’ explains the studio. Finally, on the second and third floors there are night areas for the family and a usable outdoor terrace.
Complemented by a soft play of light and shadow highlighted by the metal panels, House on 46 could be imagined as a kind of oasis, brought to life through its world of colours, textures and spaces.
Creation of flowing porosity and dynamic connections for residents and passers-by
Deep red terracotta animated by a play of light and shadow