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Materka House / T3arc

  • 01:00 - 10 July, 2011
Materka House / T3arc
Materka House / T3arc, © Luis Gordoa
© Luis Gordoa

© Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa © Luis Gordoa +45

  • Architects

  • Location

    Puebla, Mexico
  • Architects

     T3arc / Alfredo Cano Briceño
  • Area

    220.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

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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51 Comments

lxd · September 25, 2014

regarding the enviromental/CO2 reduction issues. there are places on earth you won't need those measurements. that building seems well shaded and the windows will be kept open as it seems almost all year long... and the open toilet: if you like a cabrio or go by carriage with two horses more than a common car for travelling so be it. even if not: a few years later walls can easily be added - if really necessary.

Alan · April 10, 2013

I think it is a house for a young person to rent for a few years, not for somebody to live in all their lives. Imagine that detailing as a person ages, or not being able to see out from your house from the day you move in until the day you die! The sky and the play of light and shadow is beautiful, but someday they will want to see their surroundings and other people too!

CAro · March 01, 2013

the desing it's amazing. i can believe the excelent space of the piano studio!!

Dimitra KotlidA · June 29, 2012
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Alex · July 11, 2011

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 · July 11, 2011 02:24 AM

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.

Jim · July 11, 2011

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

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