Deep-red terracotta screens bring dynamic porosity to ‘house on 46’

Deep-red terracotta screens bring dynamic porosity to ‘house on 46’

‘teach ar 46’, a porous multi-generational residence

‘House on 46’ with Kumar La Noce is multigenerational residence on a tight urban plot in south Bangalore, India. Equipped with a vibrant red porous facade, the structure shows an intention to understand how to set nativeness, nature and privacy within compact settings while offering a dynamic and generous layout adaptable by the inhabitants . ‘House on 46 is an exercise in pushing the efficiency limits of domestic architecture to meet the demands and desires of the wealthy generations of inhabitants while creating a home that allows fluid exchange and connection with the outside.,’ comment on the architects.

On the street front, an operable metal screen system forms 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 exoskeleton piques the curiosity of travelers and provides them with a dynamic visual experience.

Deep-red-terracotta screens give dynamic porosity to 'house on 46' in Bangalore
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creating a breathable oasis in the heart of bangalore

Made using narrow light steel fins of various sizes and thicknesses, the cladding of the ‘House on 46’ metal panels is sharpened through the pattern while minimizing waste due to the varying lengths. The IS team by Kumar La Noce renders the screen in deep red-terracotta, reflecting light falling on the east face in different tones depending on the time of day. ‘Enclosed with generous balconies, the screen provides a customizable facade based on the needs of the users,’ the studio notes. In addition, large planter boxes are incorporated into the scheme, enlivening and shading the open spaces of the house.

For the interior spaces, Kumar La Noce adopted a pragmatic floor plan to maximize usable areas and open them up completely in covered balconies. Walking through its various spaces, the multi-generational family welcomes warm-toned and soft design accents, with stark white walls against a yellow limestone floor with accents in gray granite, teak wood, and lime-rendered wall finishes.

Deep-red-terracotta screens give dynamic porosity to 'house on 46' in Bangalore
A series of operable metal screens covers the street frontage

Programmatically, there is a home office on the ground floor which could be 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 extends the living area and expands its volume beyond its compact floor plan. It acts as a visual link between the floors and allows the climate regulation of the whole house, ensuring a continuous flow of fresh air, especially during the hot summers.,’ the studio is elaborated. Finally, there are night areas for the family on the second and third floors as well as a usable open terrace.

Complemented by the soft play of light and shadows outlined by the metal panels, ‘House on 46’ could be imagined as a kind of oasis, vividly represented by its world of colours, textures and spaces.

Deep-red-terracotta screens give dynamic porosity to 'house on 46' in Bangalore
creating fluid porosity and dynamic connections for residents and passers-by

Deep-red-terracotta screens give dynamic porosity to 'house on 46' in Bangalore
deep red terracotta and the play of light and vivid shadows

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