Cardillo

House of Dust

ROME, Italy — 22 March 2013


In this house classical orders and golden proportions celebrate dust. A grey base supports a ceiling of rustic plaster of the colour of the bare earth: craving for primordial caverns, for Renaissance grotesques, for baroque nymphaeums in Doria Pamphilj, for faintly Liberty façades in the streets off Via Veneto.


Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust, Rome, 2013. Photography: Antonino Cardillo
Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust, Rome, 2013. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

A sequence of compressions and dilatations makes up the space of the house. On the walls, passages and windows appear, now dug out of the base, now like carvings in a baguette.


Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust, Rome, 2013. Photography: Antonino Cardillo
Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust, Rome, 2013. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

A series of arches, memories of Trecento Italian painting, disguise doors and cupboards.


Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust, Rome, 2013. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Among these, one studded with a pink glass doorknob introduces the intimate rooms, which too are distinguished by the palest pink on the walls: yearning for dawns and flowers, the colour of beauty, the colour of beauty that dies.


Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust, Rome, 2013. Photography: Antonino Cardillo
Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust, Rome, 2013. Photography: Antonino Cardillo
Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust, Rome, 2013. Photography: Antonino Cardillo
Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust, Rome, 2013. Photography: Antonino Cardillo
Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust, Rome, 2013. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust, Rome, 2013. Photography: Antonino Cardillo



Poem

Architecture is dust.
Dust that becomes form,
Dust transfigured by the mind.

Dust is memory so dust is also death.
Ancestral memory of death,
Dust refers to the beginnings.

That modernity that disowns sediment,
That shaves walls, that sanitises space;
That modernity that disowns dust,
Disowns even death.

Deprived of memory,
And so slave to a credible youth,
Ignoring its end, it repeats itself;
Without end.

In this house classical orders
And golden proportions celebrate dust:
Angels and choirs have abandoned Heaven,
And Heaven has adorned itself with earth.


Pasquale Marino (direction), Valentina Belli (photography), The House of Dust [short movie], in Dezeen Movies, London, 2013.



Triumviro Table

Antonino Cardillo, Triumviro Table, single-piece, emperador dark marble, Rome, 2013. Producer: Marmi Ghirardi

Antonino Cardillo, Triumviro Table, single-piece, emperador dark marble, Rome, 2013. Producer: Marmi Ghirardi



Data

Time: June 2012–March 2013
Place: Ludovisi, Rome, Italy
Area: 115 m² (1 storey)
Typology: apartment




Credits

Client: Massimiliano Beffa
Architecture design and construction management: Antonino Cardillo
Furniture design: Antonino Cardillo
Photography: Antonino Cardillo
Text: Antonino Cardillo
English translation: Charles Searson, Vittorio Valenta

Idea of dust from a conversation with Ana Araujo at St Paul’s Cathedral of London

Building contractor: Galliani & Giorgetti
Plaster ceiling: Julian P.

Cement walls-pavement: Elio e Michele Martorana
Parquet: Style Maison
Stones: Marmi Ghirardi
Handles: GIL (Handles Rome)
Lamps: Armand Darot
Chairs: Kazuhide Takahama
Sofas: Piero Lissoni
Bookcase: Giuseppe Bavuso
Showers curtain: Pasquale Lo Guercio

Thanks to Ava Cappelletti, Gioia Guerzoni, Pasquale Marino, Paula O’Brien, Auronda Scalera




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