A Total Experience: The Constructed Environment of Romaldo Giurgola’s “Casa di Campagna” in Australia

By Paola Favaro and Cyrus Manasseh.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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In 2004, at the age of eighty-four, the Australian architect of Italian origins, Aldo Giurgola, designed his very first home, a country house, una casa in campagna, in Australia, in the regional inner country site, one hour north of Canberra, overlooking the extraordinary natural beauty of Lake Bathurst. A lake with a particular nature: a changing attitude, now dry adapting to the dry season, afterwards full of water to accept the rainy season. The condition of this lake with its constant mood of adapting to atmospheric circumstances raises a number of questions in relation to Giurgola’s adaptation to a diverse culture and place. Arguably, la casa in campagna responds to these issues with its architectural constants of forma and contenuto.

Keywords: Form and Content, Design, Architecture Experience, Environment Experience

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.127-140. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.259MB).

Dr. Paola Favaro

Sessional Academic, Architecture Program, Faculty of the Built Environment, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Dr. Paola Favaro is a graduate of the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) and she has more than twenty-five years experience in architectural practice and education in an international context. She holds a PhD in architecture from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. As a sessional academic at the Faculty of the Built Environment, architecture program, Paola teaches architectural design, history and communications. Her recent publications include the book The Contribution of Enrico Taglietti to Canberra’s Architecture, (co-editor Royal Australian Institute of Architects, ACT Chapter, 2007).

Dr. Cyrus Manasseh

Sessional Academic, Architecture Program, Faculty of the Built Environment, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Dr. Cyrus Manasseh is an experienced Sydney-based writer, musician and academic, and is author of the book The Problematic of Video Art in the Museum 1968-1990 (2009). He is a specialist in art, architecture, film history and critical theory. He has published numerous articles and essays on aesthetics, film, video and museology and has presented his research on film, video and spatial aesthetics in international forums in Venice, Prague, Sydney, Beijing and at Harvard University. Dr. Manasseh lectures in the School of Design at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. His publications include ‘An Inquiry into the Design and the Aesthetics of the Venice Biennale Pavilions’ ‘The Art Museum in the 19th Century: J. J. Winckelmann’s Influence on the Establishing of the Classical Paradigm of the Art Museum’, ‘Changing Museum Environments: Global Articulations of the Video Text [1968-1990]’, ‘The Cairo Museum, the National Museum of Athens, the Ancient Iran Museum and the Louvre: Curatorial Practices from East to West and Back’, ‘Connecting disciplines and tracing an educated imagination’, Art, Language & Machines: the Interrelationship between Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia & Raymond Roussel (under Roussel’s spell)’, Art without the aesthetic?: Defining conceptual & post-conceptual practices’, ‘From Passive White Cube Viewer to Active Black Cube User: Tracking Changes in Museum Environments via Installation Art’, ‘Playgrounds of Disturbance: Bruce Nauman’s “Existentialism” in a Modernist Gallery Space & the Problems of Analogue Video Art in the Gallery’.