Living on the Moon

Niki
Friday 20 Nov 2009

The story of a house in Melbourne, Australia

"Secretly, everyone is attracted to what he is afraid of and sometimes fear reawakens desires that cannot be confessed," said the architect of Concrete Moon, Antonino Cardillo. "We remain perturbed, recognising that in remote parts of our interior universe resides an apparent otherness. We discover that the concepts of identity and difference are ambiguous, and often, paradoxically, difference becomes an extraordinary instrument of investigation into our own identity."

The two distinct parts of Concrete House, a private house situated in Melbourne, Australia become a pretext for telling a story between two diverse formal identities. Constructed on a rectangular plot, in the suburbs, in plan the house is in two parts: one public which in elevation looks like the upturned keel of a boat or a funny concrete moon that emerges from the pool in front, whose design is characterised by its sudden deviation from the straight pathway; the other, private part takes the form of a long, narrow building set against the perimeter, which, through the progressive decomposition of its component parts, creates a portico open to the garden but closed to the car park.

"In being created in space, each of the two geometric identities retains an echo of a presumed common origin," adds Cardillo. "Thus signs of one often appear in the other, though elaborated according to different processes. Therefore the strategy of occupying the space goes beyond the mere bringing together of the parts. Though diverse, the elements have a reciprocal relationship, and the sound of one resonates in the other; especially in the main large cave, where the achievement of this osmosis introduces doubt as to where identity finishes and where difference begins."

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