Black Domus Week!

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Quest'anno anche la Domus si tinge di BLACK!

Solo per questa settimana, 50% di sconto su tutti i volumi del "Diario segreto del mastro costruttore" (in italiano, inglese e spagnolo). Approfittane utilizzando il coupon "DOMUS50" in fase d'acquisto o seguendo direttamente questo link:

Dp007 - series: Granada / model: Muhammad

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Portion of a medieval floor inspired by the Alhambra in Granada. Scale model made from authentic bricks and ceramic fragments.


The Alhambra is a complex of palaces built by the Muslim kings of Granada between the 13th and 15th centuries. Well known for its architecture and its rich decoration made with stucco, wood and ceramics embodied in original and combined forms, this medieval jewel has survived (almost) intact to this day and is visited every year by thousands of tourists. 
However, what often goes unnoticed in these buildings are the floors, which are only partially original due to the many feet that have been treading on them over the centuries. This miniature reproduces a brick floor laid out in a pattern similar to the ancient 'opus spicatum', but interspersed with small tiles of different colors called 'olambrillas' often decorated with drawings and symbols. This kind of flooring can be seen, for example, in the Lindaraja courtyard or in the Generalife Palace, a summer residence separated from the rest of the palaces and ordered to be built at the end of the 13th century by the second sultan of the Nasrid dynasty, Muhammad II.

Generalife (Jannat al-'arif‎) would mean "architect's garden", for which the author of the Domus used this design to build the floor of one of the rooms of his Genoese palace. Don't be surprised by this architectural contamination between Genoa and Granada, since it's just one of the many points of contact that these two towns (opposite in other respects) have. Yes, because it turns out that the Generalife Palace, until the beginning of the 20th century, was owned by a noble Genoese family, the Durazzos. Just a oincidence?

The materials used are: bricks and olambrillas cut from the remains of architectural elements and medieval ceramics found around Granada, vinyl glue, transparent enamel. All the pieces are worked without the use of molds.

Size: 5 x 5 x 0,15 cm (2 x 2 x 0,06 in)
Frame size: 11,5 x 11,5 x 3 cm (4,5 x 4,5 x 1,2 in)

DIARIO SEGRETO DEL MASTRO COSTRUTTORE Vol.2 - PIANO TERRENO Ingresso principale, fondaco e loggiato (edizione in italiano)

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Ci è voluto più tempo del previsto, ma finalmente è arrivato! Il secondo volume del Diario segreto del mastro costruttore è acquistabile e scaricabile direttamente dal mio Etsy shop, ora anche nella versione in lingua italiana ( 

Qui sotto potete vedere una piccola anteprima del libro, che raccoglie i capitoli dedicati alla costruzione del piano terreno del palazzo. In queste 200 pagine potrete trovare oltre 700 immagini (le ho contate una per una, ma meglio arrotondare!). Foto e disegni sono ovviamente accompagnati dalla descrizione dettagliata del processo costruttivo, che include gli strumenti usati, i materiali e le misure degli elementi trattati. Il volume è arricchito da un'appendice fotografica con immagini che ho scattato personalmente nei vicoli di Genova ad alcuni degli edifici sui quali si basa il progetto.

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Dp006 - series: Genova / model: Sauli

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Scale reproduction of a medieval two mullioned window (bifora), made with natural stone and other materials. 


In this case the miniature reproduces a small 13th century gothic window that emerges from the main façade of a 16th century palace built for the nobleman Marcantonio Sauli, which unify various pre-existing buildings. The window opens on the ground floor and is crowned by two ogival arches enriched with decorative bas-reliefs.

The materials used are: Carrara marble and gray slate for the striped wall, alabaster for the capital, the base of the column and the arches, Sculpey polymer clay for the shaft, cement, vinyl glue. All the elements are worked without the use of molds, which makes it a unique piece that will hardly be replicated with identical characteristics.

Size: 5,5 x 10,5 x 0,8 cm (2,2 x 3,9 x 0,3 in)
Frame size: 12,5 x 17,6 x 5 cm (4,9 x 6,9 x 2 in)