House of Dust

Rome

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Orders and proportions celebrate dust

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

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

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

Poem

By Antonino Cardillo

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.

Video

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

Bibliography

  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Zur Farbenlehre, J.G. Cotta, Tübingen, 1810; It. ed. Renato Troncon, La Teoria dei Colori, Il Saggiatore, Milan, 2008, pp. 260.

Data

Credits

  • Client: Massimiliano Beffa
  • Idea of ‘Dust’ from a conversation with Ana Araujo at St Paul’s Cathedral of London
  • Architecture design and construction management: Antonino Cardillo
  • Furniture design: Antonino Cardillo
  • Photography: Antonino Cardillo
  • Text: Antonino Cardillo
  • English translation: Charles Searson and Vittorio Valenta
  • Building contractor: Galliani & Giorgetti
  • Masonry: Ripan Michele
  • Plaster: Julian Paraschiv
  • Logistics: Giorgio Giorgetti
  • Painting: Petrica Rotaru
  • Electrical system: Luca Camai
  • Plumbing and clima system: Emiliano Proietto
  • Cement: Elio Martorana and Michele Martorana
  • Parquet: Style Maison
  • Stones: Marmi Ghirardi
  • Handle: GIL (via Handles Rome)
  • Lamps: Armand Darot
  • Chair: Kazuhide Takahama
  • Sofa: Piero Lissoni
  • Bookcase: Giuseppe Bavuso
  • Shower curtain: Pasquale Lo Guercio
  • Thanks to Ava Cappelletti, Gioia Guerzoni, Pasquale Marino, Paula O’Brien, and Auronda Scalera

Selected publications

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