In this house classical orders and golden proportions celebrate dust. A grey base supports a ceiling of rustic plaster of the colour of the bare earth: craving for primordial caverns, for Renaissance grotesques, for baroque nymphaeums in Doria Pamphilj, for faintly Liberty façades in the streets off Via Veneto.
A sequence of compressions and dilatations makes up the space of the house. On the walls, passages and windows appear, now dug out of the base, now like carvings in a baguette.
A series of arches, memories of Trecento Italian painting, disguise doors and cupboards.
Among these, one studded with a pink glass doorknob introduces the intimate rooms, which too are distinguished by the palest pink on the walls: yearning for dawns and flowers, the colour of beauty, the colour of beauty that dies.
Architecture is dust.
Dust that becomes form,
Dust transfigured by the mind.
Dust is memory so dust is also death.
Ancestral memory of death,
Dust refers to the beginnings.
That modernity that disowns sediment,
That shaves walls, that sanitises space;
That modernity that disowns dust,
Disowns even death.
Deprived of memory,
And so slave to a credible youth,
Ignoring its end, it repeats itself;
In this house classical orders
And golden proportions celebrate dust:
Angels and choirs have abandoned Heaven,
And Heaven has adorned itself with earth.
The House of Dust short movie directed by Pasquale Marino with photography by Valentina Belli. Featured on Dezeen Movies.
Time: Oct 2012 - Mar 2013
Place: Ludovisi, Rome, Italy
Area: 115 m²
Client: Massimiliano Beffa
Architect and construction manager: Antonino Cardillo
Furniture designer: Antonino Cardillo
Photography: Antonino Cardillo
Text: Antonino Cardillo
English translators: Charles Searson, Vittorio Valenta
Idea of dust from a conversation with Ana Araujo at the St Paul’s Cathedral of London
Building contractor: Galliani & Giorgetti
Mason: Julian P.
Cement: Elio e Michele Martorana
Wood: Style Maison
Stonecutter: Marmi Ghirardi
Handles: GIL (Handles Rome)
Lamps: Armand Darot
Chairs: Kazuhide Takahama
Sofas: Piero Lissoni
Bookcase: Giuseppe Bavuso
Curtains: Pasquale Lo Guercio
Thanks to Gioia Guerzoni, Pasquale Marino, Paula O’Brien, Auronda Scalera
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