Crepuscular Green is an interior refurbishment of an art gallery located in San Lorenzo, Rome. The use of colour/texture is inspired by the opening scene of Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold, which depicts a greenish dawn as seen from the depths of the river.
Like a green golden grotto, a rusticated vault envelops the upper part of the room, rendering a trilithon schema on the backdrop. Ahead, a rounded altar features a mirror arched bridge and a suspended black slab above. Beside, two black and golden flûtes emit diffuse lighting. Everything is painted by shades of green. Words of the space speak each other a cohesive narrative, which aims to unfold the imaginary of the inhabitants. This work was made on a low budget with one mason. Poverty of means here applied, suits to the idea of architecture as a faculty to transcend the ordinary.
Time: March - April, 2014
Place: Via dei Piceni, 41-43, Rome
Area: 40 m²
Cost: € 8,000 (€ 200 per square meter)
Architect and construction manager: Antonino Cardillo
Client: Klaus Mondrian
Mason: Grigoriu Cicau
Carpenter: Stefano Coacci
Black flute lamps designed by Antonino Cardillo and assembled by Armand Darot
Thanks to Ana Araujo, Paolo Bedetti, Andrea Paolo Massara.
Crepuscular Green © Antonino Cardillo