‘house on 46’, a multigenerational and porous home
‘House at 46’ by Kumar The Night is multigenerational living place on a narrow urban plot in south Bangalore, India. Equipped with a vibrant and porous red façade, the structure demonstrates an intent to understand how domesticity, nature and privacy can be superimposed on compact sites while offering dynamic and generous designs adaptable by the inhabitants. ‘House on 46 is an exercise in pushing the limits of efficiency in domestic architecture to accommodate the rich demands and desires of multiple generations of inhabitants while creating a home that allows for fluid exchanges and connection with the outdoors.,’ the architects comment.
On the street-side façade, a system of operable metal screens creates the outermost ‘skin’ or exoskeleton and begins to blur the boundaries between private and public, revealing a fluid porosity that responds to the angle of visual engagement. This unique exoskeleton stimulates 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
Made from thin mild steel fins of varying sizes and thicknesses, the metal panels that clad ‘House on 46’ are hardened through the pattern, minimizing waste due to varying lengths. He team in Kumar La Noce he rendered the screen a deep reddish terracotta, reflecting the light falling on the east-facing façade in multiple hues depending on the time of day. ‘Enclosing generous balconies, the screen provides an adaptable front based on the needs of the users.,’ take note of the study. In addition, large planters are incorporated into the scheme, enlivening and shading the open spaces of the house.
Regarding the interior spaces, Kumar La Noce adopted a pragmatic plan to maximize the usable areas and fully open them towards covered balconies. Walking through its various spaces, the multi-generational family is greeted by designer accents in warm, soft tones, with pure white walls set against striking yellow limestone floors accented with gray granite, teak wood, and wall finishes. plastered with lime
a series of operable metal screens cover the façade facing the street
As for the program, the ground floor houses a home office with the potential to become an independent living unit. Meanwhile, the first level features the main living, dining, and kitchen areas; here, a substantial source of light, air and outdoor family space comes in the form of a courtyard open to the sky. ‘This versatile space enlarges the living room and expands its volume beyond its compact floor plan. It serves as a visual connection between the floors while allowing climate regulation of the entire house, ensuring a constant flow of fresh air, especially during hot summers.,’ prepare the study. Finally, the second and third floors feature family night areas, as well as a usable uncovered terrace.
Complemented by a soft play of light and shadow caused by the metal panels, ‘House on 46’ could be conceived as a kind of oasis, brought to life by its world of colours, textures and spaces.
creating fluid porosity and dynamic connections for both residents and passersby
intense red-terracotta enlivened by a play of light and shadow