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House of Dust

, Rome


Project for an apartment near to Via Veneto and Villa Borghese, with brown rough plaster and series of pink arched doors




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 baroque nymphaeums in Doria Pamphilj, for faintly Liberty façades in the streets off Via Veneto. 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. A series of arches, memories of Trecento Italian painting, disguises 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.

dezeen.com , London, 5 Aug. 2013.


House of Dust

House of Dust

House of Dust

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.

House of Dust, Rome, May 2013, p. 7.


House of Dust

House of Dust

House of Dust

House of Dust

House of Dust

House of Dust




Reference

  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Zur Farbenlehre, J.G. Cotta, Tübingen, 1810; It. ed. Renato Troncon, La Teoria dei Colori, Il Saggiatore, Milan, 2008, pp. 260.




Data

  • Time: March–Oct. 2012 (design), Nov. 2012–March 2013 (construction), March–April 2013 (photography), May 2013 (poem), June 2013 (text)
  • Place: Ludovisi, Rome, Italy
  • Area: 115 m² (one storey)
  • Typology: apartment




Credits

  • Architecture, construction management: Antonino Cardillo
  • Client: Massimiliano Beffa

  • Building contractor: Galliani & Giorgetti
  • Masonry: Ripan Michele
  • Plaster: Julian Paraschiv
  • Logistics: Giorgio Giorgetti
  • Painting: Petrica Rotaru
  • Electrical system: Luca Camai
  • Plumbing, clima system: Emiliano Proietto
  • Cement: Elio Martorana, Michele Martorana
  • Parquet: Style Maison
  • Marbles, stones: Daniele Ghirardi (Ghirardi Stone Contractor)
  • Curtains: Pasquale Lo Guercio

  • Tables design: Antonino Cardillo
  • Chair design: Kazuhide Takahama
  • Sofa design: Piero Lissoni
  • Bookcase design: Giuseppe Bavuso
  • Handle: GIL (via Handles Rome)
  • Lamps: Armand Darot

  • Photography, poem, text: Antonino Cardillo
  • Translation: Charles Searson

  • Idea of ‘Dust’ from a conversation with Ana Araujo at St Paul’s Cathedral of London
  • Thanks to Ava Cappelletti, Gioia Guerzoni, Pasquale Marino, Paula O’Brien, Auronda Scalera




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