by Antonino Cardillo architect as Architects - Wed, 20 June 2012
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A pre-existing reinforced structure on three levels, arranged on a narrow plot in the hills, is the pretext for this next architectonic text. Stripped of walls and ceilings, the reinforced cement grille looks like an abstract geography, an irrational place on and with which to rewrite space. Here we experiment with a dual and contradictory situation. It brings together primary volumes and fluid objects with curvilinear structures, with the aim of building an organism arising from the juxtaposition of diverse spatial places which are nonetheless continuous and interconnected. A coordinated succession of shapes and supple lines shows off a prismatic and sharp triple height. Two opposing glass devices connect, aesthetically and physically, the inside to the outside: to the south a brise-soleil extends for eight metres in height, linking the three levels with its horizontal scansion; to the north a bright glass apse allows access to the terrace, condensing the dining area ceiling in elevation. Its walls are made up of a scansion of metal pillars and plates of glass orientated along the semi-eliptical perimeter. To the rear, the progressive reduction in height of these elements, which determines the hanging of the ceiling, adds to making the curvilinear perimeter more visually expressive, thus granting a sensation of spatial dilation. In plan, furthermore, the rotation of the eliptical line compared to the rest of the building gives a bifocal perspective, accentuating the independence of the dining in contraposition to the vertical space adjoining the brise-soleil.
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