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Ellipse 1501 House
Thursday, 05 July 2007 |
Here at TCH, we strive to bring you the most cutting edge
and inspiring pieces of design. From houses to hotels, walls to wine
racks, there isnít much we haven't covered. All under the premise,
that if we like something, then, maybe youíll like it as well.
But, there comes a time when weíre not quite sure. And if we donít like
it, why are we telling you about it? This new house designed by Antonino Cardillo
has stumped us good and proper. Is it just another vacuous interior
that looks an awful lot like a museum? Or is it a very shrewd
example of how shapes and colours interact when placed next to each
Built on a hillside somewhere in Italy, Cardillo has created a concrete
ellipse that dilates to the east and west. It also just happens
to look like a grey blob squatting on a hill. Inside youíre met with an
enormous curve that sweeps across the central hall, forcing the eye to
look down through the space at the brutal lines of the rest of the
house. A smooth exterior hides the phantasmagoria of shapes inside.
The other rooms are built around the dramatic opening. A kitchen at one
end, the guest room at the other. Up a darkened circular staircase lies
the mezzanine bedroom fitted out with the absolute minimal of
disruption to the form of the interior. Itís all wonderfully
cohesive. But at the same time, you canít help but think, Ďwhere do all
the people go?í The unrelenting stylising says this isnít a space to be
lived in. Rather, itís a place to be seen in.
But at the same time, you canít help but wonder what life must be like
living here. The deep excavations in the outer wall reveal jagged
pockets of the outside world at random. Outside, forests and mountains.
Inside, lifeless concrete forged into geometric shapes. But the clever
thing about the positioning of the windows is, it lets different types
of light to fill different parts of the house. Direct sunlight beams
into the main hall, while refracted light from trees outside filters
into the smaller side windows. Creating instant moods inside according
to the weather outside.
As this is going on, the building remains in its original essence:
colourless or tending to grey. A challenging house that makes you love
it for its ingenuity, but hate it for its formality. Either way, we
canít decide. By Matt Hussey