Years ago, around Marrakech, spread out over the arid plains, I saw some fences. From the outside, I could not understand what lay beyond, but I believe that they were lodgings. What could be within those walls? What was life like there? These questions stimulated my imagination for some months.
Today, in the project commissioned by Wallpaper* magazine, I tried to imagine a possible solution. From the palace of Akhenaton to the projects of Mies, history is full of examples of courtyard houses. This mode of living fascinates me because it brings into question the need to define an ‘external’. So, rather than identify itself with its shell, the building finds its true essence within, where the parts of the composition can speak to each other inside the ‘empty heart’ of a patio, creating a dialogue that recalls the cities of a pre-modern Mediterranean.
Time: Feb 2009
Inner area: 100 m²
Place: Marrakech, Morocco
Client: Wallpaper* magazine, London
Architect: Antonino Cardillo
Photography: Antonino Cardillo
Text: Antonino Cardillo
English translator: Charles Searson
Model: Solido 3d Print, Rome
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wallpaper.com, London, 5 Oct 2009.
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worldarchitecturenews.com, London, 13 Aug 2009.