The project is a territorial adaptation of the so-called Cimitero delle 366 Fosse (Cemetery of 366 Graves), built by Ferdinando Fuga in 1762. The building was part of the ambitious construction program promoted by Carlo di Borbone to address the great number of the poor in the city of Naples. Its name derived from the number of mass graves, of which there was one for each day of the year, including the 366th day of Leap Years.


The architecture of the Cemetery of 366 Graves is scaled 5.000 times and deformed by the geography of the Strait of Sicily. It frames a portion of Mediterranean Sea measuring 400 by 400 kilometers, comprised between Libia, Tunisia and the southern coast of Sicily. The architectural and geographical scales ambiguously overlap, and the logic of Fuga’s proto-Enlinghtment machine is adapted to the contemporary geo-political scenario.


The Cemetery is a solid archive – or better, the diagram – of a population. Its function is not merely hygienic, but also statistical; it is about not only what the cemetery contains, but also what it will contain in the future, what is still mere potential. Any trace of rite is erased from the event of death, which is dealt with according to purely logistical concerns. The scary rationality of the Cemetery works against oblivion.


contribution to the exhibition: 30 architects

Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris 14th December 2016 – 28th February 2017

collaborators: Arin Alia, Roxani Maragkoudaki, Eugenio Nuzzo, Giuseppe Cirillo

photos: Louis De Belle


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Salottobuono is an architectural office run by Matteo Ghidoni in Milan. Salottobuono has served as editor of the “Instructions and Manuals” section of Abitare magazine (2007-10) and as creative director of Domus magazine (2011, 2012). The office has taken part in the Venice Biennale (2008, 2012, 2014), and designed the Italian Pavilion in 2010. Salottobuono published the “Manual of Decolonization” (2010) and “Fundamental Acts” (2016).


Matteo Ghidoni – architect – was a founding partner of the research agency Multiplicity from 2002 to 2006. His work with Multiplicity was exhibited at Kunstwerke in Berlin (2003), the Venice Biennale (2003), the Musée d’art moderne in Paris (2003), the ZKM in Karlsruhe (2004) and the Beijing Biennial (2004). Ghidoni founded the architectural office Salottobuono in 2005. He has been a guest professor at the Istituto Universitario d’Architettura di Venezia (Venice) in the Faculty of Architecture, the Politecnico in Milan, the Royal Danish Academy of Arts in Copenhagen and the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotà. He has given guest lectures at several schools and institutions including the Berlage Institute, Berkeley, and Columbia University. Ghidoni is co-founder and editor in chief of San Rocco, an independent international publication about architecture (www.sanrocco.info).