Whoever says that Australia lacks culture hasn’t met the client who commissioned this exemplary home. Italian architect Antonino Cardillo has a habit of creating museum-esque houses for people who: a) have lots of money; and b) appreciate minimalist design. And, with that brief in mind, Cardillo produced this, the Concrete Moon House in Melbourne. The three-storey building, including a basement, covers an impressive 6,200sq ft, which any estate agent will tell you is large enough to accommodate your own bowling alley, department store and fromagerie alongside your average three-bed domestic requirements. There are two parts to the house; the first is the façade that resembles a concrete crescent emerging from a pool in the front, the other being a private section that comprises a long, narrow form opening out into the garden. It cost around AU$2m (£1.1m) to construct and, while that is pricey, the proud new owners must have appeased their bank manager by convincing him there would be no wild, buy-all trips to Ikea. A promise, by the look of these pictures (inset), that they have stuck to.
“The residents of Tatooine loved what the Stormtroopers had done to Owen and Beru’s place.”
- Lucy Foster, ‘Minimalist mansion takes inspiration from the moon’ (pdf), ShortList, no. 109, London, Jan. 2010, p. 8.