Italian architect Antonino Cardillo used roughly textured plaster to create lumpy brown surfaces across the upper walls and ceilings of this apartment in Rome.Using the geometric ratio of the golden section, Antonino Cardillo designed …
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Ellipse 1501 House by Antonino Cardillo architect http://www.archello.com/en/project/ellipse-1501-house
Arcade Store in Milan © Antonino Cardillo architect
The store appears to the visitor almost as an enchanted palace set in a rationalist building. As in the royal stable of Meknes or the mosque of Cordoba, a dense succession of parallel arches define a perspective. The arch, primary icon of architecture, archetype of construction and protection, and symbol of Italy throughout history, in its airy, slender variant, codified by 14th century Italian painting and often cited by De Chirico, rediscovers in this work its double syntactic value of connection and separation of parts. A delicate balancing of pearlescent greys, light mauve greens, intense magenta, crystalline marbles, real and false, as in a toy, and a flat blue, painted throughout the structure, form the palette of the scene. The wall pierced by the sequence of the arches creates space, exhibition areas, and technological, lighting and climate control designs. Set in a metre square grille, each arched aperture articulates the space giving it a multiplicity of uses: walkway, alcove for mannequins, displays, frontal and lateral hanging rail. The light defines the space. The existing ceilings, free of the dazzle of downlights, are laid out limpidly in deep blue, whose blurred reflections record the luminous movement beneath. On the first floor a corona of light radiates towards the ceiling from the interrupted walls of the rooms, defining their form. For the rest, the light is emitted and articulated by the displays inside the alcoves which incorporate, above and below the floor, banks of LEDs on objects, giving them prominence. Thus the coloured greys of the architecture are underpinned by the changing colours of the clothes and accessories. Lastly, returning to classical iconography, the brand is displayed at the focal points of the building. At the rear of the stairs on the ground floor, just after the exit, and in the two opposing apses of the long gallery on the first floor.
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Sometimes architecture is all the more interesting the more invisible or concealed it is. Architecture fascinates when it contains in itself remote places, where the separation, rather than physical, becomes an expression of the unknown, of the unreal. In short of dreams.
When adverse entities meet and love one another, new languages are born.
— Antonino Cardillo: «DNA» 119, Sydney, Dec 2009, pp. 104-107.