Antonino Cardillo

House of Dust


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 nymphaeums in Doria Pamphilj, for faintly Liberty façades in the streets off Via Veneto.


The House of Dust (Rome 2013) is an architectural work designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.


The House of Dust (Rome 2013) is an architectural work designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo: the living room at the midday. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

The House of Dust (Rome 2013) is an architectural work designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo: elevation.

The House of Dust (Rome 2013) is an architectural work designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo: the entrance at the afternoon. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.


The House of Dust (Rome 2013) is an architectural work designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo: plan.


La Casa della Polvere (Roma 2013) è un'opera di architettura disegnata dall'architetto siciliano Antonino Cardillo: la porta segreta che chiude la cucina. Fotografia di Antonino Cardillo.


La Casa della Polvere (Roma 2013) è un'opera di architettura disegnata dall'architetto siciliano Antonino Cardillo: il tavolo Triumviro disegnato da Antonino Cardillo. Fotografia di Antonino Cardillo.

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.


La Casa della Polvere (Roma 2013) è un'opera di architettura disegnata dall'architetto siciliano Antonino Cardillo: la sala a mezzogiorno. Fotografia di Antonino Cardillo.

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.


The House of Dust (Rome 2013) is an architectural work designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo: the pink archway. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.


The House of Dust (Rome 2013) is an architectural work designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo: basin and shower as architectural pieces in the bedroom corner. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.


The House of Dust (Rome 2013) is an architectural work designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo: pink light in the entrance at the night. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.


The House of Dust (Rome 2013) is an architectural work designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo: the last room. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.


The House of Dust (Rome 2013) is an architectural work designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo: the porphyry basin in the bathroom. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

The House of Dust

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;
Without end.

In this house classical orders
And golden proportions celebrate dust:
Angels and choirs have abandoned Heaven,
And Heaven has adorned itself with earth.


– Antonino Cardillo, Rome, April 2013


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The House of Dust (Rome 2013) is an architectural work designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo: a tower bell beyond the window. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.


Time: October 2012 - March 2013
Place: Quartiere Ludovisi, Rome
Area: 115 m²
Cost including furniture and systems: € 150,000 (€ 1,300 per square meter)



ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Architect and construction manager: Antonino Cardillo
Client: Massimiliano Beffa

Idea of dust from a conversation with Ana Araujo at the St Paul’s Cathedral of London.

Construction company: Galliani & Giorgetti
Pozzolana casting: Julian P.
Cement concrete flooring: Elio e Michele Martorana
Parquet: Style Maison
Stone contractor: Marmi Ghirardi
Knobs: GIL, Murano (Handles 1970)
Pozzolana: Orsolini Amedeo, Viterbo
Lamps: Armand Darot (Lumières)
Triumviro tables designed by Antonino Cardillo

Thanks to Ava Cappelletti, Gioia Guerzoni, Pasquale Marino, Auronda Scalera.



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