A house from a drawing of Ettore Sottsass


2A+P/A (Gianfranco Bombaci, Matteo Costanzo)
Antonio Ottomanelli

Architettura monumentale is a drawing by Ettore Sottsass. It is an axonometric projection showing two sides of a volume standing on a tiled pavement with a grey sky in the background. The building is dark, rough and introverted, lacking an explicit function. Our idea was to insert an autonomous element that would inhabit the inside, but leave the vaulted space intact, thus preserving its character. This element is an abstract structure, entirely yellow, which dominates the light-coloured interior, thereby always allowing one to distinguish between the two. A grid of columns and beams is placed in the black shell, relating to it both freely and dependently. It is detached from the walls, but corresponds with the system of different apertures.