Intermediate Unit 2

New Soft Room, AA School, London, 

Architectural Association School of Architecture

The Language of Flowers

By Ana Araujo and Takero Shimazaki

Intermediate 2 has been committed to bringing tactile, delicate and sensual poetry back to the AA and to the architectural discourse since 2010. There is a sense of immediacy when we visit buildings, which can not be replicated in photography. A place, or a space is where you see, but also where you touch, smell, hear and breathe in. It is a very obvious point, but very few buildings and architecture today focus on these basic human needs, resulting in loss of memorable spaces. Architecture today is highly aesthetic and image-focused; less about the location, materiality or the experience. With the development of digital communication, the apparent ‘need’ to be in‑situ seems less necessary and ‘design’ can be done in an office or in a room far away from the site. We aspire to producing architecture that directly communicate to the senses.

2013 Field Trip in Sicily

Thursday 31st October
London —⁠ Tonnara di Scopello

Friday 1st November
Visit to Palermo: Chinese Pavillion, San Domenico Oratory
Presentation, Antonino Cardillo, Introduction to Sicily & House of Dust
Film: Luchino Visconti, The Leopard

Saturday 2nd November
Visit to Villa Palagonia and to the Church of Castelbuono
Charcoal Drawing Workshop at Villa Palagonia with Willem de Bruijn
Film: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Canterbury Tales

Sunday 3rd November
Visit to Palermo: Zisa, San Cataldo Church, Gangi-Valguarnera Palace, Villa Igea
Film: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Arabian Nights

Monday 4th November
Tour around Erice

Tuesday 5th November
Tonnara di Scopello —⁠ London

House of Dust

By Alexandra Savtchenko‑Belskaia

Hot on the heels of our Sicilian love affair, Intermediate 2 presents an evening to transport us once more to the stone island’s spectacular sensuous atmosphere and rich cultural syncretism. The House of Dust takes its influences from primordial caverns, renaissance grottos and nymphaea at Rome’s Villa Doria Pamphilj. Materiality, colour and light evoke an archaeological architecture —⁠ ⁠a ceiling of rough plaster is the colour of bare earth and the palest pink light evokes dawn and flowers —⁠ ⁠the colour of beauty that dies. The House breathes light through spaces in a balanced sequence of compression and dilations.

Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust, in: 'Intermediate Unit 2', AA School, New Soft Room, 36 Bedford Square, London. Photography: Marco Ponzianelli

Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust, paper presented to the ‘Intermediate Unit 2’, New Soft Room, AA School, 36 Bedford Square, London. Photography: Marco Ponzianelli


AA School’s Events List, Term 1, Week 8, Monday 18–Saturday 23 November 2013.

AA School’s Events List: Term 1, Week 8, Monday 18‑Saturday 23 November 2013, AA Weekly.


Antonino Cardillo, ‘Architecture as entertainment’, Fulcrum, no. 77, AA School Press, London, 18 Nov. 2013, p. 1.

Ana Araujo, Takero Shimazaki, The Language of Flowers, ‘Intermediate Unit 2’, AA School, London, Sept. 2013, p. 11.


Antonino Cardillo, ‘Antonino Cardillo: House of Dust’, paper presented to the ‘Intermediate Unit 2’, ed. Alexandra Savtchenko‑Belskaia, AA School, London, 20 Nov. 2013.