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For No One


Simulated reality of a series of projects by architect Antonino Cardillo for seven houses imagined collectively

Sometimes architecture is all the more interesting, the more invisible or concealed it is. When it is not only made up of that which can be seen and touched, but rather that which suggests and leaves the rest to the imagination. In some ways architecture is not just lived-in space but also imagined space. Inside it space is not crossed with the body alone but some of its parts become meaningful precisely because they are unknown to the body, thus becoming places of the mind, open to many readings: how else can the sense of certain unreachable places be explained? Like the dark ravine of a cathedral or as, by means of a different interpretation, for the ruins of the Villa Adriana, where the unknown is more powerful and evocative than the documented truth. Architecture fascinates when it contains in itself remote places, where the separation, rather than physical, becomes an expression of the unknown, of the unreal, in short of dreams. The distance stimulates in everyone unexpected associations that, mutating the original nature of the building via a slow sedimentation in the collective memory, determine its representation in history.

Tasarim (pdf), no. 194, Istanbul, Aug. 2009, pp. 90‑91.

Purple House

VII. Purple House

Pembrokeshire, 1 June 2011

Where memory lacks

House of Twelve

VI. House of Twelve

Melbourne, 1 May 2009

The ruins as visions

Concrete Moon House

V. Concrete Moon House

Melbourne, 1 November 2008

Between two identities

Max's House in a Small Lake

IV. Max’s House in a Small Lake

Nimes, 1 July 2008

On the edge of a border

House of Convexities

III. House of Convexities

Barcelona, 1 March 2008

A curved wall jokes with the light

Vaulted House

II. Vaulted House

Parma, 1 January 2008

The silence of a nave

Ellipse 1501 House

I. Ellipse 1501 House

Rome, 25 March 2007

In the shape of a tower