Memories for Cruising

, [project], Parma


Scenario

This is an internal renovation of an apartment of 100 square metres situated near the station of Parma (Italy). The aim of the project is to create a work of architecture for a friend, using a pre-existing partition design and a limited budget.


Antonino Cardillo, Memories for Cruising, apartment, Parma, 2019. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

The partition design dates from the early 1900s: an enfilade stretching for 20 metres on the north side; two zones painted bright red on the south side with rooms inside; double window-doors of 1x3 metres, single doors of 0.80x2.10 metres.


Antonino Cardillo, Memories for Cruising, apartment, Parma, 2019. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

The space was transformed using the application of colours and materials, without changing appliances, structure and internal walls. So a succession of coloured zones overlaps the existing design in a symmetrical layout.


Antonino Cardillo, Memories for Cruising, apartment, Parma, 2019. Drawing: Antonino Cardillo

The ingredients of the renovation are: a palette of muted greens, yellows and reds [low saturation]; flooring of different striped woods arranged diagonally, and MDF doors painted in an eggshell finish.


Antonino Cardillo, Memories for Cruising, apartment, Parma, 2019. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Antonino Cardillo, Memories for Cruising, apartment, Parma, 2019. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Antonino Cardillo, Memories for Cruising, apartment, Parma, 2019. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Antonino Cardillo, Memories for Cruising, apartment, Parma, 2019. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

The theme of the design is the metamorphosis of plants —⁠ ⁠shown in the change of colours of the plant in the last stage of fruiting —⁠ ⁠and the chromatic sound of the forest, made up of that mysterious play of light on the fronds of the plants.


Antonino Cardillo, Memories for Cruising, apartment, Parma, 2019. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Antonino Cardillo, Memories for Cruising, apartment, Parma, 2019. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Antonino Cardillo, Memories for Cruising, apartment, Parma, 2019. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Antonino Cardillo, Memories for Cruising, apartment, Parma, 2019. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Here, the light animates the space: the architectural design is made real by the traces of light on the walls of the apartment. And in this journey of transformation, the light reveals itself, verifying that moment when the Architecture is not the building itself but its interpretation.


Antonino Cardillo, Memories for Cruising, apartment, Parma, 2019. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Antonino Cardillo, Memories for Cruising, Parma, 2019. Photography: Antonino Cardillo, 2021


Data

Time: Dec. 2018‑Jul. 2019
Place: Via Trento, Parma, Italy
Area: 100 m² (one storey)
Typology: apartment


Credits

Client: Luca Cardella
Architecture design: Antonino Cardillo, 2019
Project and construction management: Antonino Cardillo, with Luca Cardella, 2019
Photography: Antonino Cardillo, 2021
Text: Antonino Cardillo, 2021
English translation: Charles Searson

Painting: Raffaele Mantovani
Flooring: Francesco Bia
Doors: Saint Germain, Leroy Merlin
Furnitures: Erio Gabrielli, Sistema
Sofa: Sense, Samoa
Pillows: Giuseppa Adragna
Small table: Nicola Zuliani, Impuro

Thanks to Stefano Cantarelli, Mirko Pirrone, and Brianna Ruland


Reference

Ellie Stathaki, ‘Apartment interior design: outstanding spaces around the globe’, wallpaper.com, London, 7 Jul. 2021. {tags: ellie stathaki, features, interior design}