Cardillo

House of Twelve

MELBOURNE, Australia
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. 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.


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

Collisions and juxtapositions, furthermore, distant echoes of the American Center in Paris by Frank Owen 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. In particular, the living space, with its diaphanous 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.

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







Time: Dec 2008–May 2009
Place: Kew, Melbourne, Australia







Clients: Laura and Livio De Marchi
Architect: Antonino Cardillo
Computer-generated imagery: Antonino Cardillo
Text: Antonino Cardillo
English translator: Charles Searson







KIRSTEN WENZEL
competitionline.com, Berlin, 17 Jan 2019.

JEANETTE KUNSMANN
STEPHAN BURKOFF
dear-magazin.de, Berlin, 20 Nov 2017.
antoninocardillo.com, Trapani, Aug 2017, English translation by Richenda Gillespie.
antoninocardillo.com, Trapani, Aug 2017, Italian translation by Beatrice Del Bo.
DEAR Magazin, no. 1, Berlin, Apr 2017.

CAROLIN HÖFLER
Guest lecture as part of the lecture series Wunsch, Technical University of Cologne, 1 Jun 2016.

ANTONINO CARDILLO
CHRIS DÄHNE
CAROLIN HÖFLER
FREDERIKE LAUSCH
Guest lectures as part of the lecture series Konstruierte Realitäten. Zum Verhältnis von medialen Praktiken und der Konzeption von Architektur, Frankfurt am Main, German Architecture Museum, 1 Dec 2015.

GERARD HOULLARD
IACSA.eu, vol. 4, no. 1, Basel, May 2013.

HUBERTUS ADAM
S AM, no. 10, Basel, Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum, Mar 2013.

BIRGIT OCHS
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Sonntagszeitung, no. 6, Frankfurt am Main, 10 Feb 2013.

STEFANO MIRTI
GIOIA GUERZONI
Opere, no. 32, Florence, Oct 2012.

DANIEL LORDICK
Competition. Magazin für Architekten, Ingenieure und Bauherren, no. 2, Berlin, Oct 2012.

FABRIZIO GALLANTI
LARS KRÜCKEBERG
VOLKWIN MARG
WOLFRAM PUTZ
PETER REISCHER
ANDREAS RUBY
TOBIAS WALLISER
THOMAS WILLEMEIT
CARL ZILLICH
bkult.de, Berlin, 10 Sep 2012.

PETER REISCHER
Am Sonntag, no. 32, Zurich, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 5 Sep 2012.

CHRISTIAN HOLL
german-architects.com, Stuttgart, 29 Aug 2012.

GABRIELE DETTERER
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, no. 164, Zurich, 17 Jul 2012.

ELEONORA CARRANO
amatelarchitettura.com, Rome, 13 Jul 2012.

ALESSANDRO ALVIANI
La Stampa, yr. 146, no. 182, Turin, 3 Jul 2012.

SUSANNE BEYER
antoninocardillo.com, Rome, Sep 2012, Italian translation by Kathrin Gramsdorff.
Der Spiegel, no. 27/12, Hamburg, 2 Jul 2012.

PETER REISCHER
Falter, no. 19/12, Vienna, May 2012.

ANTONINO CARDILLO
Inside Quality Design, no. 26, Milan, Feb 2012.

HELEN GENG HAIZHEN
Interior Architecture of China, Beijing, Nov 2011.

MASSIMO LOCCI
L’Architetto Italiano, no. 42, Rome, Apr 2011.

ANTONINO CARDILLO
Dream Homes & Living, fall issue, Vancouver, Oct 2010.

ANTONINO CARDILLO
Interviewed by Ralf Broekman and Olaf Winkler, build Das Architekten-Magazin, no. 4/10, Wuppertal, Aug 2010.

SIÂN DISSON (ed.)
worldarchitecturenews.com, London, 23 Jul 2010.

Landscape Architect, no. 4/10, Beijing, Jul 2010.

ANTONINO CARDILLO
Interviewed by Marietta Constantinou, Schön!, no. 5, London, Mar 2010.

THOMSON CARPENTER
DNA Magazine, no. 119, Sydney, Dec 2009.