Cardillo

House of Convexities




If architecture is music in stone can its ‘limbs’ dance? Architecture only remains still in pictures. In real life its natural state is one of transition. Both man and light move within it.


House of Convexities (2008) is the third of the seven imaginary houses designed by architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.

Inside a house among coarse Mediterranean glades and corrugated stone walls, a slanting light, pierced by innumerable narrow repeated blades, inscribes and describes the walls with its impermanent, mutable hand. How many possible stories will this light tell over the course of a year?


House of Convexities (2008) is the third of the seven imaginary houses designed by architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.

A curved wall jokes with the light. The light bathes the wall, but reaches the moment and the place in which, going beyond the curve, it takes a tangent, deciding what will be lit and what will be dark. And this movement suggests the indefinite, mutability, shading. Thus architecture becomes light interpreted through the ‘limbs’ of the architecture. Like shadows of flesh on flesh, whose forms are both definite and defining.


House of Convexities (2008) is the third of the seven imaginary houses designed by architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.

Here, as in a Flamenco dance, the body breaks up, invading the space moving through its potential articulations without, however, defining the void, or, interpreting the many possibilities of moving within it: fleshy and sensual, but equally incisive and precise. Secret but luminous. Closed but open to a multitude of possibilities. A body inside another body. Compressed and continuous in its curvilinear trajectory.


House of Convexities (2008) is the third of the seven imaginary houses designed by architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.

And yet, as in a Flamenco dance, the development of movement, its indefinable ardour, is made real by the successive instant. That solemn, still instant that seems to challenge eternity. Thus, tall and still, a wall opposes silence. And such stillness supports the preceding movement, giving sense to its being.


House of Convexities (2008) is the third of the seven imaginary houses designed by architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.


Time: Mar 2008
Place: Barcelona countryside








CREDITS


Architect: Antonino Cardillo
Text: Antonino Cardillo
English translator: Charles Searson
Computer-generated imagery: Antonino Cardillo








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