Incredible Houses: Antonioni’s Dome in Sardinia

When a great director meets a great architect, a unique, extravagant dream home can only be born. If you then add that the director is Michelangelo Antonioni, one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of Italian cinema, and the designer is Dante Bini, the result is extraordinary, a love nest in the heart of the wildest Sardinia.

We are talking about Binishell, the reinforced concrete dome invented by the famous Modenese architect Dante Bini, in 1969, and made famous by the love story between Michelangelo Antonioni and Monica Vitti.

A haven of love, close to the sea and immersed in the wilderness of the most authentic and fascinating Sardinia. A movie house built near the sea in the north of the island, Costa Paradiso, facing the Gulf of Asinara. A particular charm, that of Sardinia, which seduced Antonioni during the shooting of one of his films.

The filmmaker was in fact in the beautiful pink beach of Budelli to shoot the dream scene in the film “The red desert” with Monica Vitti, when he fell in love with the wild landscape of the Costa Paradiso and decided to hire the architect Dante Bini to build (and immortalize), in an amazing and unique way, his love nest.

Instead of one, Dante Bini created two domes: the first was to be the love nest of the director and his partner Monica Vitti and, not far away, a smaller dome (the one we explore here), commissioned by the neo-expressionist Bolognese painter Sergio Vacchi, master of the Informal and protagonist of the Italian pictorial art of the late twentieth century.

We let ourselves be guided in the exploration of the Bini Dome by the architect Matteo Sacchetti, professor at the Politecnico di Milano and interior architect who deals with set-up and museography, which he followed, with colleagues Luca Basso Peressut and Cristina F. Colombo of the Faculty of Architecture, the thesis of the students Marta Damia, Marta Ferrario and Gemma Galassi which analyzes the possibility of creating an underground, underground museum in the stretch of cliff between the domes and the coast, to host the work of director Michelangelo Antonioni.