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Materka House / T3arc

  • Architects: T3arc
  • Location: Puebla, Mexico
  • Architects:  T3arc / Alfredo Cano Briceño
  • Area: 220.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Luis Gordoa

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa

From the architect. We built this house around a piano whose sound we had to contain. In an area of 220 sqm, we had to make sure that the pianist obtained right acoustic conditions in a space large enough to give recitals and group lessons. 

© Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

At the same time, the house had to protect the neighbors and the other residents of the house from the sound. We surrounded all edges of the site with tall stone walls. With concrete beams crossing them, we suspended all the second floor leaving the ground floor almost empty, isolating the piano.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

In the middle of this space, under the master bedroom, is the living room where the piano takes center stage and, thanks to recycled wood floors and the stone porosity, the sound is properly absorbed. The house has two sunny bedrooms and a dark movie studio in the second floor. 

© Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

The house, wrapped in stone, opens to the sun all day; however, the house is denying all outside views. It achieves this by receiving sun light reflected off all the walls. It is a house that seems in constant motion by light.

© Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa
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