Cardillo

Concrete Moon House

MELBOURNE, Australia — 1 November 2008


Secretly, everyone is attracted to what he is afraid of and sometimes fear reawakens desires that cannot be confessed. We remain perturbed, recognising that in remote parts of our interior universe resides an apparent otherness.


Antonino Cardillo, Concrete Moon House, Melbourne, 2008. CGI: Antonino Cardillo.

We discover that the concepts of identity and difference are ambiguous, and often, paradoxically, difference becomes an instrument of investigation into our own identity.


Antonino Cardillo, Concrete Moon House, Melbourne, 2008. CGI: Antonino Cardillo.

Two distinct parts of a dwelling here become a pretext for telling a story between two diverse formal identities. Designed for a suburb of Melbourne on a rectangular plot, in plan the house is in two parts.


Antonino Cardillo, Concrete Moon House, Melbourne, 2008. CGI: Antonino Cardillo.

One public which in elevation looks like the upturned keel of a boat or a funny concrete moon that emerges from the pool in front, whose design is characterised by a deviation from the straight pathway.


Antonino Cardillo, Concrete Moon House, Melbourne, 2008. CGI: Antonino Cardillo.

The other, private part takes the form of a long, narrow building set against the perimeter, which, through the progressive decomposition of its component parts, creates a portico open to the garden but closed to the car park.


Antonino Cardillo, Concrete Moon House, Melbourne, 2008. CGI: Antonino Cardillo.

In being created in space, each of the two geometric identities retains an echo of a presumed common origin. Thus signs of one often appear in the other, though elaborated according to different processes.


Antonino Cardillo, Concrete Moon House, Melbourne, 2008. CGI: Antonino Cardillo.

Though diverse, the elements have a relationship, and the sound of one resonates in the other; especially in the cave, where the achievement of this osmosis introduces doubt as to where identity finishes and where difference begins.


Antonino Cardillo, Concrete Moon House, Melbourne, 2008. CGI: Antonino Cardillo.

Antonino Cardillo, Concrete Moon House, Melbourne, 2008. CGI: Antonino Cardillo.



Data

Time: Sept.–Nov. 2008
Place: Kew, Melbourne, Australia
Area: 780 m² (3 storeys)
Typology: semi-detached house




Credits

Clients: Livio and Nadia De Marchi
Architecture design: Antonino Cardillo
Computer-generated imagery: Antonino Cardillo
Text: Antonino Cardillo
English translation: Charles Searson




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