Cardillo

House of Twelves




It was the ruins of ancient Rome that inspired this project, those unpredictable warps that in the eighteenth century appeared to European travellers on the Grand Tour as fantastic visions. Rather than the historic original, what fascinates still today is this state of progressive destruction that a millennial weather carves in the forms, unveiling obscure recesses. So the ruin tells us of time passing, of slowly dying beauty, and in this its slow decay evokes a transverse narrative, as if trapped between the architecture and its definitive destruction.


House of Twelves (2009) is the sixth of the seven imaginary houses designed by architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.

House of Twelves tries to invent a fantastic response to an interrupted story, following an empirical path made by progressive mutation of contemporary ideas and those of late antiquity, such as the theme of intersecting rings or the horizontal sequence of multiple spaces and forms, concatenated and directed according to a poetic, which unites works of Frank Lloyd Wright with the villa of the emperor Hadrian at Tivoli.


House of Twelves (2009) is the sixth of the seven imaginary houses designed by architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.


House of Twelves (2009) is the sixth of the seven imaginary houses designed by architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.

Collisions and juxtapositions, furthermore, distant echoes of the American Center in Paris by Frank Owen Gehry, characterise the front and the public space of the house, whose roundnesses appear, from the road, to be deeply sculpted. As well as restoring thickness to the façade, these excavations make it permeable to the winter sun, which reaches to illuminate, with a grazing light, interpreted by the cavities, the courtyards at the rear. In particular, the living space, with its diaphanous vault in gold mosaic, the ripples of the mirrors of water at the edges and the consequent manifold reflections of light, appears from the main courtyard as a baroque ‘room of light’, here reinvented in an urban key.


House of Twelves (2009) is the sixth of the seven imaginary houses designed by architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.


House of Twelves (2009) is the sixth of the seven imaginary houses designed by architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.


Time: Dec 2008 - May 2009
Place: Kew, Melbourne, Australia








CREDITS


Architect: Antonino Cardillo
Clients: Laura and Livio De Marchi
Text: Antonino Cardillo
English translator: Charles Searson
Computer-generated imagery: Antonino Cardillo








BIBLIOGRAPHY


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STEPHAN BURKOFF
in DEAR, no.1, Berlin, Apr 2017.

CAROLIN HÖFLER
Guest lecture as part of the lecture series Wunsch, Technical University of Cologne, 1 Jun 2016.

ANTONINO CARDILLO
CHRIS DÄHNE
CAROLIN HÖFLER
FREDERIKE LAUSCH
Guest lectures as part of the lecture series Konstruierte Realitäten. Zum Verhältnis von medialen Praktiken und der Konzeption von Architektur, Frankfurt am Main, German Architecture Museum, 1 Dec 2015.

GERARD HOULLARD
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in Dream Homes & Living, fall issue, Vancouver, Oct 2010.

ANTONINO CARDILLO
interviewed by Ralf Broekman and Olaf Winkler in Build Das Architekten-Magazin, no.4/10, Wuppertal, Aug 2010.

ANTONINO CARDILLO
in worldarchitecturenews.com, London, 23 Jul 2010.

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ANTONINO CARDILLO
interviewed by Marietta Constantinou in Schön!, no.5, London, Mar 2010.

THOMSON CARPENTER
in DNA, no.119, Sydney, Dec 2009.





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