House for Wallpaper*

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Neues Museum / Chabot Museum

Its essence within

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Years ago, around Marrakech, spread out over the arid plains, I saw some fences. From the outside, I could not understand what lay beyond, but I believe that they were lodgings. What could be within those walls? What was life like there? These questions stimulated my imagination for some months.

Antonino Cardillo, House for Wallpaper architects directory, 2009. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Today, in the project commissioned by occasion of the ‘Wallpaper* architects directory 2009’, I tried to imagine a possible answer. From the palace of Akhenaton to the projects of Mies, history is full of examples of courtyard houses. This mode of living fascinates me because it brings into question the need to define an ‘external’.

Antonino Cardillo, House for Wallpaper architects directory, 2009. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

So, rather than identify itself with its shell, the building finds its true essence within, where the parts of the composition can speak to each other inside the ‘empty heart’ of a patio, creating a dialogue that recalls the cities of a pre-modern Mediterranean.

Antonino Cardillo, House for Wallpaper architects directory, 2009. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Antonino Cardillo, House for Wallpaper* architects directory, 2009. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Client’s brief

By Ellie Stathaki and Johnatan Bell

As if an annual sweep of the world’s most promising young architects wasn’t ambitious enough, for 2009 we’ve decided to add a new twist to the directory. Rather than simply report on the newest firms to flash onto our radar, Wallpaper* has commissioned 30 of the finest young architects to design their ideal home. The concept was to create a practical house for tomorrow; a sustainable, functional and elegant residential prototype adaptable to any plot.

Wallpaper*, no. 125, p. 78.

Wallpaper* architects directory 2009

Photo shoot

Houses for Wallpaper* 2009, Neues Museum, Berlin, 6 Apr. 2009, in Wallpaper, no. 125, pp. 80-81. Photography: Jason Schmidt

Antonino Cardillo: Golden model on the left, Wallpaper* architects directory 2009, Neues Museum, Berlin, 6 Apr. 2009, in Wallpaper*, no. 125, Aug. 2009, pp. 80‑81. Photography: Jason Schmidt

Wallpaper* Future 30

Exhibition

Antonino Cardillo: Model 17, Wallpaper future 30 [exhibition], Chabot Museum, 4th IABR, Rotterdam. Photography: Ellie Stathaki

Antonino Cardillo: Model 17, Wallpaper* Future 30 [exhibition], Chabot Museum, 4th IABR, Rotterdam, Sept. 2009–Jan. 2010. Photography: Ellie Stathaki

Data

  • Time: Feb.‑March 2009
  • Venues: Neues Museum, Bodestraße 1-3, Berlin, Germany (6 Apr. 2009); Chabot Museum, Museumpark 11, Rotterdam, Netherlands (Sept. 2009–Jan. 2010)
  • Area: 100 m² (one storey)
  • Typology: Detached house

Credits

  • Client: Wallpaper*
  • Editor-in-chief: Tony Chambers
  • Architecture editor: Johnatan Bell
  • Assistant architecture editor: Ellie Stathaki
  • Architecture design: Antonino Cardillo
  • Photography: Antonino Cardillo
  • Text: Antonino Cardillo
  • English translation: Charles Searson
  • Berlin golden model: Solido 3d Print, Rome
  • Rotterdam white model: DMC, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London

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