Casa Materka / T3arc

Casa materka /  t3arc

We built this house around a piano whose sound we had to contain. In an area of 220 m2 we had to get that the pianist obtained right acoustic conditions in a space enough to give recitals and group lessons and at the same time protect the neighbors and the other residents of the house from the sound.

Casa materka /  t3arc

We surrounded all edges of the site with tall stone walls, and with concrete beams crossing them, we suspended all the second floor leaving the ground floor almost empty, isolating the piano.

Casa materka /  t3arc

In the middle of this space, under the master bedroom, is the living room where the piano takes all the importance 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 on the second floor.

Casa materka /  t3arc

The house wrapped in stone opens to the sun all day, nevertheless the house is denying all outside views, it receives sunlight reflected on all the walls. It is a house that seems in constant motion by light. We can only notice some details of woodwork done recycling all the formwork; We think it as Mexican architecture; simple, real, like the one on every corner of our always changing cities; a house perhaps always expecting to be modified.

Project Details:
Location: Puebla – México
Type: Houses Residential
Architects: Alfredo Cano Briceño, T3arc www.t3arc.com
Construction area: 220m2
Site area: 220m2
Owner: Radek Materka
Collaborators: Patricia Torres & Alberto Campos at T3arc.
Photo credit: Luis Gordoa.
Date: 2010

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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1 thought on “Casa Materka / T3arc”

  1. of all of the projects that I have looked at this is my favorite – by far

    was this an existing structure – I ask because of the abandoned electric meter near the top of the stairs.

    I also live in a temperate climate with monsoons – the submerged piano room gives me chills for fear that it floods during heavy rain.

    The next house that I build will emulate this one. I detest drywall, and I like the idea of using conduit.

    So organic, so cool – good job.

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