House of Twelve


Melbourne, 1 May 2009


It was the ruins of ancient Rome that inspired this project, those unpredictable warps that in the eighteenth century appeared to European travellers on the Grand Tour as fantastic visions.


Antonino Cardillo, House of Twelve, Melbourne, 2009. CGI: Antonino Cardillo.

Rather than the historic original, what fascinates still today is this state of progressive destruction that a millennial weather carves in the forms, unveiling obscure recesses. So the ruin tells us of time passing, of slowly dying beauty, and in this its slow decay evokes a transverse narrative, as if trapped between the architecture and its definitive destruction.


Antonino Cardillo, House of Twelve, Melbourne, 2009. CGI: Antonino Cardillo.

House of Twelve tries to invent a fantastic response to an interrupted story, following an empirical path made by progressive mutation of contemporary ideas and those of late antiquity, such as the theme of intersecting rings or the horizontal sequence of multiple spaces and forms, concatenated and directed according to a poetic, which unites works of Frank Lloyd Wright with the villa of the emperor Hadrian at Tivoli.


Antonino Cardillo, House of Twelve, Melbourne, 2009. CGI: Antonino Cardillo.

Collisions and juxtapositions, furthermore, distant echoes of the American Center by Frank Gehry, characterise the front and the public space of the house, whose roundnesses appear, from the road, to be deeply sculpted. As well as restoring thickness to the façade, these excavations make it permeable to the winter sun, which reaches to illuminate, with a grazing light, interpreted by the cavities, the courtyards at the rear.


Antonino Cardillo, House of Twelve, Melbourne, 2009. CGI: Antonino Cardillo.

In particular, the living space, with its vault in gold mosaic, the ripples of the mirrors of water at the edges and the consequent manifold reflections of light, appears from the main courtyard as a baroque room of light, here reinvented in an urban key.


Antonino Cardillo, House of Twelve, Melbourne, 2009. CGI: Antonino Cardillo.

Antonino Cardillo, House of Twelve, Melbourne, 2009. CGI: Antonino Cardillo.




Time: Dec. 2008–May 2009
Place: Kew, Melbourne, Australia
Area: 500 m² (2 piani)
Typology: semi-detached house




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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ANTONINO CARDILLO
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ANTONINO CARDILLO
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ANTONINO CARDILLO
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ANTONINO CARDILLO
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ANTONINO CARDILLO
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