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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Purple House / By Antonino Cardillo Architect

Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom
Antonino Cardillo Architect
Post By:Kitticoon Poopong
Photo © Courtesy of Antonino Cardillo Architect
The forgotten exchanges:
Nowadays obsession for ethnicity seals national identities. Most people seem to ignore the erratic unfolding of ancient fluxes which moulded European lands. Lost in their dull present, they forget the rich pathways leading from the past to our time.

Photo © Courtesy of Antonino Cardillo Architect
Just a few memories. By the middle ages, between 1130 and 1194, England and to some extent Wales and Ireland, shared with Sicily a common Norman domain: Byzantine mercenaries and recognizers of Arabian culture after capturing Sicily, these conquerors from the North Sea introduced a fascinating network between the shorelines of the north and Mediterranean. Making British history for the first time since the Roman era, they broke once more the islands’ isolation. Introducing the number zero and many innovations from Middle-Eastern regions into Europe – not least bringing back ancient Greek and Roman classical text manuscripts – they laid the foundation for the birth of a Modern European era.
Photo © Courtesy of Antonino Cardillo Architect
But history is full of violence: the dominant possession of a submissive culture manages to disguise the larceny by carefully rewriting history; and where memory lacks misunderstandings begin. Learning from this, might architecture heal history’s wounds? Might it have the power to awake the missed routes concealed behind day-to-day life, revealing the whole cloaked behind the gloomy curtains of ignorance?
Photo © Courtesy of Antonino Cardillo Architect
Purple House represents an unconscious and personal language trip into the Norman legacy: exploring diverse elements, following paths empirically, re-evoking remote visions, aiming to find a common lost sense: what were the forgotten exchanges between England, Wales, Ireland and Sicily?
Photo © Courtesy of Antonino Cardillo Architect
Encircled by massive carved walls and coordinated by an interior symmetrical façade with crystal domes at the corners, the architectural forms investigate what unites us in this history. Compactly, complex, oppressive, expressionistic, the hollow interior of this cave sculpture inhales light: a light which swells the curves and the bulkheads, it coagulates at the corners and slips away, amid the interstices. It brightens up an ample adamantine vault, creating shades and dilating it.
Photo © Courtesy of Antonino Cardillo Architect
From dawn to dusk, its backlight changes the sense of space and the perception of the forms: at midday it dims the bulkheads curving in the living room. The light perforates the trapezoidal apertures carved in the heavy walls; close to the ceiling, the light transmutes itself into rapid blades cut by a magnified brise-soleil. At sunset, however, the hall darkens. The parts, now obscured, counterpoint distant glares spread around and inside the hollowed-out base: below a burning cave, above a giant brazier glows into the vault.
level 0 & level 1 floor plan--drawing © Courtesy of Antonino Cardillo Architect
During the course of a solar day light and dark swap roles, interpreting the drama of an architecture monolithic and fragmentary, made of stone, cement and purple.
Description from the Architects:
level 2 & roof plan--drawing © Courtesy of Antonino Cardillo Architect


Video: A common research connects Antonino Cardillo's architecture with John Foxx's music. If music is sound, architecture is light and the building constructed is not the work itself but the instrument that creates it. And if light is the raw material of architecture, reverberation, as in music, measures its distances. Looking at the compositions of John Foxx, one is made aware of the potential of this analogy between music and architecture: Foxx paints a dusty sound (a light) that invades the space which, when it meets solid material, altering its true nature and form, reverberates other surfaces in turn, in a game of divisions until it decays into silence (darkness).
2009 © Antonino Cardillo

Project Data
Project name: Purple House
Location: Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom
Program: Single family house
Total area: 350 m2
Built area: 200 m2
Project year: December 2009 – June 2011
Max. height: 9.5 m
Cubature: 1500 cm
Storeys: 3

The people
Architects: Antonino Cardillo Architect
Photographs: © Courtesy of Antonino Cardillo Architect


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