In Domus April 2018 issue, director Michele De Lucchi writes about silence and of the potential of objects to communicate.
In this issue
Cover illustration: The Blue Chemist
Archaeology. Meditation over time
Silence and eternity.
“The rest is silence.” Hamlet’s last words. William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 2. Edited by Adam Lowe & Charlotte Skene Catling
Giulio Iacchetti and Emmanuel Zonta, Ossi/Ossimori.
This Portfolio features a project that will be on display at the Galleria
Luisa Delle Piane in Milan for the Fuorisalone 2018.
Anthropology. Objects & Beheaviour
The silence of our gods.
Silence is not only a passive condition but a creative opportunity to construct our space,our representations and ourselves. Text by Francesca Sbardella
RCR is a tripartite microcosm featuring offices for designing; a foundation for recording; and a “Lab” combining nature and dreams. Edited by Andrea Caputo
And yet it moves.
Lafayette Anticipations is a new exhibition machine designed by Rem Koolhaas and OMA in the heart of Paris. Edited by Paola Nicolin
Silence in the city.
Robert Burley’s photographs describe the ambiguous condition of parks when overlooked by other urban infrastructures. Edited by the Canadian Centre for Architecture
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Álvaro Siza, Anastasis church, Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande, France.
A closed solid, composed of perfectly orthogonal elements, encloses an interior of slabs, planes and volumes that break up the light shed from above. Photos by Duccio Malagamba
Tadao Ando, Church in Hiroo, Tokyo.
Ando exacerbates the perspective with converging walls to focus the attention on the Christian symbol. Floors and ceilings treated with a glossy finish reflect the light in a beam that continues in space. Photos by Shigeo Ogawa
Formal purity, conceptual abstraction, material naturalness and chromatic reduction are combined in rigorously austere spaces
Hans van der Laan, St. Benedictusberg Abbey, Vaals, The Netherlands.
Dom Hans Van der Laan was a monk who anticipated the sensitivity of the Minimalist culture in his contemporary religious-building designs. Photos Frans de la Cousine
John Pawson, Abbey of Our Lady, Nový Dvůr, Czech Republic.
John Pawson’s work rigorously visits the fundamentals of architecture to generate simple and modest expressions. Photos Hisao Suzuki
Claudio Silvestrin Architects, Castle of Rocca Sinibalda, Rieti, Italy.
Claudio Silvestrin’s aphorisms define his work as a quest for honesty, austerity, simplicity and calm.
Vincent Van Duysen Architects, TR Residence, Knokke, Belgium.
Vincent Van Duysen incorporates furnishings into his architecture and employs shadow, half-light, dark colours and shafts of light in his compositions. Photos Hélène Binet
Yona Friedman, Sculpting the void
Can absolute silence be constructed? The anechoic chambers (from the Greek
term meaning “free of echo”) at the Joint Research Centre in Ispra are lab spaces created to minimise the reflection of sound off the walls. Photos Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti
Rojkind Arquitectos, Foro Boca, Boca del Río, Veracruz, Mexico.
Solid and heavy reinforced concrete floats in the air, creating a tangible sense
of emptiness. Photos Jaime Navarro, Paul Rivera
Hearing the difference.
Intelligibile sound is Caimi Brevetti’s research horizon. After patenting its
Snowsound technology in 2011, the firm has tirelessly researched quietness to enhance people’s lives. Text Paola Nicolin, photo Henrik Blomqvist
Cooper Hewitt, “Access+Ability”.
The “Access-Ability” exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York, teaches us that these very “failings” can be greatdesign opportunities,
especially when combined with research, technology and digital manufacturing. Illustration by Andrea Mongia
Issey Miyake, Session One.
Miyake’s work is based on technological research, where the idea gives rise to a process that can last for many years and is independent of market logic.
Nico Vascellari in conversation with Tarek Atoui
By filming a desolate city and empty buildings, Pierre Huyghe raises basic issues: the value of silence, the emptiness around us and the search for sacredness. Edited by Piero Golia
On the couch
“Space stations and spacecraft need the best architects,” says Simonetta Di Pippo, “in order to accommodate our needs”. Edited by Walter Mariotti
The physical principle of emissivity has become an interesting criterion for choosing a facade material and colour. Edited by Philippe Rahm
The Hamptons. Eclectic houses on sand pedestals.
In the hovering silence, the houses are the undisputed protagonists of the
Hamptons surrounded by a mix of lush gardens and untamed nature. Text Francesca Cigola, photos Michele De Lucchi
Rassegna: Furniture and decorative lights
Irma Blank: when writing becomes silence.
Before we cross the great commotion generated by a review of products anticipating all the big news from the 2018 Milan Furniture Fair, we sink into the silence evoked by the work of Irma Blank, a German artist naturalised in Italy. Edited by Giulia Guzzini
Frank Gehry’s love of fish shapes – and particularly that of the carp – originated during his childhood in Toronto when he used to visit the market with his grandmother to buy a live one to be turned into Gefilte Fish