Materka House / T3arc

© Luis Gordoa

Architects: T3arc / Alfredo Cano Briceño
Location: Puebla, México
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 220 sqm
Photographs: Luis Gordoa

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. 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 beams crossing them, we suspended all the second floor leaving the ground floor almost empty, isolating the piano.

© Luis Gordoa

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. 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.

Floor Plan
Cite: "Materka House / T3arc" 10 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • Jim

    Beautiful building. Cant imagine it conforms to any enviromental/CO2 reduction targets though!

  • Alex

    Nice explanation of how the design responded to the client’s needs. Clear and concise. If only this level of writing were more common in architecture.

    Is anyone else terrified by that staircase? With no railing, I think I’d get vertigo every time I stepped out of the bathroom.

    • Bopp

      yes that staircase seems a bit funky, I would definitely put a rail around there.
      Very cool house. Although indeed the staircase space is odd.