Cardillo

Specus Corallii
Sala Laurentina




The Coral Cave is a refuge from the world. A grotto where love can still happen. The place where the city regains its sacral dimension that binds those who were to those who are.


Specus Corallii (Trapani 2016) is a work of architecture designed by architect Antonino Cardillo for the Trapani Cathedral, Sicily. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

The Coral Cave explores a Pre-Modern idea: when architecture was imagination and the city was the labyrinth of memory. That labyrinth renewed every day with the caresses of our eyes; that speaks to us, mutedly, of lives lived. The image is the place where the dead speak to the living. Where it confirms the idea of life as permanence and tradition. Without this silent dialogue, the city dies; entertainment and alienation take over neutralizing the subversive potential of love.


Specus Corallii (Trapani 2016) is a work of architecture designed by architect Antonino Cardillo for the Trapani Cathedral, Sicily. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

The Coral Cave speaks of the sacred that comes from the sea. The cadence of space recounts the allegories of beauty and metamorphosis imaged from shells evoked by the sediments of the stone base, and corals, to whose willowy asperities alludes the pink perpendicular vault.


Specus Corallii (Trapani 2016) is a work of architecture designed by architect Antonino Cardillo for the Trapani Cathedral, Sicily. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

Shells and corals populate the imagery of the town of Trapani. The story of the arrival of the Madonna from the sea and the carved stones of her sanctuary reveal how, along with the tradition of corals, the theme of the shell is a fundamental myth of the sacredness of the city.


Specus Corallii (Trapani 2016) is a work of architecture designed by architect Antonino Cardillo for the Trapani Cathedral, Sicily. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

The colour and tactile surfaces of the Specus rediscover the sensuality of the stone and dust that speak of the place and the bowels of the earth where they were carved.


Specus Corallii (Trapani 2016) is a work of architecture designed by architect Antonino Cardillo for the Trapani Cathedral, Sicily. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

Thus the Coral Cave, with its evocation of a mysterious underwater dimension, relates those primordial images which, from the sea, have sedimented for millennia the sense of the life of the city and its landscape.


Specus Corallii (Trapani 2016) is a work of architecture designed by architect Antonino Cardillo for the Trapani Cathedral, Sicily. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

The Coral Cave looks like an antique oratory. The classic configuration of its architecture, a rectangle governed by the ‘silver ratio’, makes it available for different uses and interpretations; preventing the dominance of function and technology, always casual and transitory pretexts for architecture, from bringing about the obsolescence of the work.


Specus Corallii (Trapani 2016) is a work of architecture designed by architect Antonino Cardillo for the Trapani Cathedral, Sicily. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.


Dedicated to Ànile Cristofàro.

Time: Jan 2015 - Aug 2016
Place: Via Domenico Giglio, 12, Trapani, Italy
Gross area: 260 m²








CREDITS


Architect and construction manager: Antonino Cardillo
Client: Gaspare Gruppuso, Cathedral of Trapani
Text: Antonino Cardillo
English translators: Antonino Cardillo, Charles Searson
Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Masons: Nino Canino, Mario Daidone, Rocco Maranzano
Stonecutter: Francesco Scontrino
Terrazzo tiles: Pietro Basile
Pozzolana: Orsolini Amedeo
Tile installers: Vito Carollo, Daniele Scarlata
Floor sanders: Antonino Morreale, Davide Morreale
Carpenters: Paolo Canino, Michael Coppola
Painter: Giuseppe Daidone
Door handles: GIL, Murano (Handles 1970, Roma)
Electricians: Antonio Bica, Giuseppe Oddo, Antonio Senia
Plumbers: Morici Bartolo, Saverio Gulizia
Site safety coordinator: Michele Li Causi

Thanks to Salvatore D’Angelo, Ana Araujo, Rosaria Nicotra, Claudio Maltese, Charles Vella.








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