Mario Ridolfi, Casa de Bonis, Terni, Italy, 1971-75
Mario Ridolfi, Casa de Bonis, Terni, Italy, 1971-75 (view in Google Maps)
Light plays a key role both inside and outside of the Casa De Bonis. The patio and staircase are lit by two reflectors of natural light while in Casa Lina the light is modulated and more and more blurred and change the space according to the time of the day and seasons. The effects of light and shadow are analysed at the drawing table before it is observed in reality. There is a close correspondence between the architecture and the design drawings that precede it. It is as if Ridolfi would build twice, once on paper and once on site. The analysis highlights some of his designs features:
• The descriptive rigor achieved by the use of orthogonal projections,
• The complexity which is a result of the presence of different scales and different times of the representation,
• The indefiniteness of the project highlighting the thoughts and additions,
• The presence of the written comment, not only numerical and descriptive , but also ironic and self-critical, which highlights the complexity of the design process.
Reviewed March 2017 by: