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Antonino Cardillo architect




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Antonino Cardillo is an architect based in London and Italy

Born in Eryx on May 18, 1975, and specialising in architecture, interior and landscaping, he operates on a global scale and his distinctive overtures have won him wide acclaim for their curvaceous forms and intelligent use of natural materials. Monolithic at times, shapely at others, Antonino Cardillo’s architecture bears more than a passing affinity to the classical architecture of ancient Rome.

From 2007 to 2011 he designed Seven houses for no one, a series of studies all of which have been broadly published. In 2009 Antonino was selected among the thirty finest architects by Wallpaper*: «Cardillo is one of the most significant architects of our time», (Tony Chambers, Editor-in-Chief, Wallpaper* magazine). Since then he has constructed some remarkable projects, such as the Nomura Koumuten House in Japan, the Sergio Rossi’s Store in Milan, the MIN sculptures in London and the House of Dust in Rome.

Selected as one of the best interiors of the past five years by Nacho Alegre in Room (Phaidon editions), House of Dust represents his aesthetic manifesto. Lending to the space a classical form through this work he explores the boundaries between ancient and modern languages. Antonino’s work has also been featured at the Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam and in London, at the John Foxx’s exhibition, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Architectural Association School of Architecture and Sir John Soane’s Museum.



House of Dust featured in “Daily Telegraph” among the fourteen most interesting interior design projects of the planet.

Opening feature for YouTube promotional trailer of the book «Room: Inside Contemporary Interiors» (Phaidon editions) has selected House of Dust among the hundred best interiors of the past five years.

Port” magazine (London) Antonino Cardillo features as a runner-up for the title of “the five most influential architects of the year in the world”.

Sir John Soane’s Museum showcases Antonino Cardillo’s latest work inside the Breakfast Room at 12 Lincoln’s Field Inn (London).

Fashion forecasting agencies Texworld (Paris) and WGSN (London) choose House of Dust as new trend for seasons spring-summer 2015 and fall-winter 2015-16.


Sergio Rossi ephemeral store features in «Art / Fashion in 21st Century» (chapter ‘From boutiques to gallery’, (Thames & Hudson editions), built with just 40,000 euros budget, among the foundations Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Prada and Hermes.

«Fulcrum», the most read student publication about architecture in the world from ‘Architectural Association’ School of Architecture, invites Antonino Cardillo to publish his manifesto in the 77 issue.

«Architects’ Journal» House of Dust features as cover.


Chamber of Architects of Trapani (Sicily) awards Antonino Cardillo among the four most significant young architects of the Province.


The British magazine “Blueprint”, interviews Antonino Cardillo besides Richard Meier, Odile Decq, Kengo Kuma and Peter Wilson, on the architect James Stirling.


Antonino Cardillo is selected among thirty finest young architects in the world by “Wallpaper*”, the leading design, fashion and lifestyle magazine.


Architecture projects, alteration, urban design, interior design, refurbishment and renovation of modern and historical buildings, adaptive reuse, addition, master planning.

Portfolio of interior design and architecture projects

2001. Echoes, Trapani, Sicily, Italy

2002. Let There Be More Light, Trapani, Sicily, Italy

2007. Ellipse 1501 House, Rome, Italy

2007. Birnbeck Island Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England

2007. Nude Tower, Rome, Italy

2008. Vaulted House, Felino, Parma, Italy

2008. House of Convexities, Barcelona, Spain

2008. Max's House in a small lake, Nimes, France

2009. Concrete Moon House, Kew, Melborne, Australia

2009. House of Twelve, Kew, Melbourne, Australia

2010. Nomura 24 Koumuten, Hyogo, Osaka, Japan

2010. Sergio Rossi Store, Milan, Italy

2011. Purple House, Pembrokeshire, Wales

2012. Arcade Store, Milan, Italy

2013. House of Dust, Rome, Italy

2014. MIN at the Soane, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, England

Postmodern Cafe at Victoria and Albert Museum

«The London Design Festival's dedicated entrance to the Museum at Exhibition Road plays host to the Postmodern reception, in homage to the Italian masters of the movement; the installation is a playful rendition of a colourful environment, for relaxation, repose and refreshment. Contemporary interpretations of Postmodern design co-exist with past realities, including elements designed for firms with roots in Postmodernism active today.» -- 2011 London Design Festival

House of Dust (Quartiere Ludovisi, Rome)

London-based, Italian-born architect Antonino Cardillo believes that ‘if light is the raw material of architecture [...] light, when it encounters a solid material changing its nature and form, reverberates on other surfaces in a game of divisions until [it] decays into darkness’. This is certainly the case for Cardillo’s project House of Dust, located in Rome. And although a lot has been written about it, I was attracted to it at first glance; it instantly brought back memories of the best postmodern, neoclassical architecture that I was revisiting at the time – Bofill, Moneo, Tusquets – but with a more personal and very contemporary view. In the design for this private apartment, Cardillo used materials and colours to delineate spaces and define uses. Neutral colour tones denote public spaces, as found in the living room, while the colour pink indicates more private rooms. The living room’s neutral-coloured theme is explored through a multitude of textures: a rough-plastered ceiling, smooth grey walls that bend to form the perimeter floor, which in turn frames a carpet-like wooden floor at its centre. The bedrooms and bathrooms sit behind tall, arched doorways with pink knobs, which conceal a pale pink ceiling and walls, while a ghost-like sheet surrounds the shower area. The room’s layout, dictated by the golden ratio, together with its textured outline give the room a sense of order and proportion. Deep, recessed, tapered windows reveal the surrounding city while streaming daylight inwards, as if illuminating a cavernous space. In this space, Cardillo’s use of texture and colour, natural light, shape and proportion is exquisite and poetic.

-- Nacho Alegre, Room: Inside Contemporary Interiors, Phaidon, London, October 2014

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Selected publications

Wallpaper: Sergio Rossi Men's Store in Milan

Dezeen: House of Dust

Design Boom: Antonino Cardillo rewrites history with the Purple House

Living Magazine Corriere della Sera: House of Dust

ArchDaily: HoD

Architectural Association Open Lecture: Antonino Cardillo lectures about House of Dust

Build Magazin: Interview

German Architects: Review

Chabot Museum: Biennale of Rotterdam

Architects' Journal: HoD

Sir John Soane's Museum of London: Space and Light pop up exhibition feat the seven MIN sculptures VON ROSA DUNST UND RAUHEN DECKEN

Translucence by John Foxx and Harold Budd