Die Symmetrie Der Nacht

By Tim Berge

Ein dunkles Paradies aus Schatten, Spiegeln und Symmetrien. Mit seinem neuesten Bauwerk, einem Restaurant in Rom, schlägt Cardillo ein weiteres Kapitel in seiner epischen Architekturerzählung auf.

T.BERGE, “Die Symmetrie Der Nacht”, in, Berlin, Heinze, 19 Sep 2018.

Part III

2018 – 2013

Lumira favourite works

By Almira Armstrong

Architect Antonino Cardillo possesses a vision that is conceptual and yet completely rooted in a historical understanding of classical architecture. His understanding of space and balance has resulted in some of the most influential interiors of recent times.

A.ARMSTRONG, “Our Top Three Favourite Works”, in, Sydney, 22 Jan 2018.

Stanze. Altre Filosofie dell'Abitare

By Beppe Finessi

Extremely beautiful metaphysical spaces, rooms that seem to speak of layer upon layer of memories, colour palettes never before seen in interior architecture: a new author who has carved out a place entirely his own in the history of this discipline within just a few years.

B.FINESSI, Stanze. Altre Filosofie dell’Abitare, [Exhibition], Milan, XXI Triennale, Apr-Sep 2016.

A shop with no products in sight

By Jessica Cooper

Somewhere on Dover Street, round the corner from high-brow Mayfair filled with the hustle and bustle of shopaholics frantically shopping in the luxe houses of Chanel, Prada and Dolce and Gabbana, there lies a fairy tale grotto filled with tranquillity and calm. Once entering this space, I feel that all time has stood still. Suddenly, I am not filled with my shopper’s impulse. Here I am.

J.COOPER, “A Shop with no Products in Sight”, in Eclectic, no.AW15, Paris, Dec 2015, p.160-161.

Da nobis hodie incantum quotidianum

By Ana Araujo

Gottfried Semper’s carnivalesque spirit pervades the whole oeuvre of Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo. His Crepuscular Green gallery in Rome evokes the setting of an ancient sacrificial ritual. Egyptian? Greek? Roman? It doesn’t really matter, because once these ancestral images are deposited in our unconscious they are emptied of their historical specificity; as in our dreams, the only link that remains is the emotional one.

A.ARAUJO, “Da Nobis Hodie Incantum Quotidianum“, in Design Exchange, no.12, London, Aug 2015.

Room: Inside Contemporary Interiors

By Nacho Alegre

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.

N.ALEGRE, “House of Dust”, in Room: Inside Contemporary Interiors, London, Phaidon, Oct 2014, p.64.

Decorative ceilings

By Jenny Dalton

House of Dust features a cave-like rough-plaster version that almost seems to drop down from the sky – it is purposely reminiscent of all kinds of subliminal historical references, in particular the vault of very early architecture.

J.DALTON, “Decorative ceilings”, in How to Spend It, London, Financial Times, Mar 2014, p.71.

Domestic philosophy

By Riya Patel

Cardillo’s House of Dust does not tick the usual boxes. In place of abundant natural light and designer furnishings are gloomy cavernous spaces characterized by a grainy ceiling of pozzolanic plaster, tinted the colour of dust.

R.PATEL, “Domestic Philosophy”, in Frame, no.95, Amsterdam, Nov 2014, p.58-59.

A courageous project

By Dana Tomić Hughes

This is a courageous project with a fresh aesthetic and a unique vision. It’s the kind of interior that creates new trends, memes and movements.

D.TOMIC HUGHES, “House of Dust”, in, Sydney, 27 Sep 2013.

House of Dust

By Gaia

We first encountered Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo in 2009 when we charged him – along with 29 other young up-and-coming talents – with the task of designing his ideal home. Four years and several projects later, Cardillo has unveiled his most recent abode, entitled House of Dust.

GAIA, Case studies, [app], London, Wallpaper*, Sep 2013.

Part II

2017 – 2012

Architektur und Wahrheit

By Jeanette Kunsmann with Stephan Burkoff

Antonino Cardillo ist ein Einzelkämpfer – wobei das Wort „Kampf“ auf eine falsche Fährte führt. Seine Waffen erweisen sich als Spiel aus Illusion und Wirklichkeit, aus Form und Phantasma. Im Mittelpunkt steht für den jungen italienischen Planer nur eins: die Architektur.

J.KUNSMANN, S.BURKOFF, “Architektur und Wahrheit”, in DEAR, no.1, Berlin, April 2017, pp.1,3,13,68-85.

Digitale Wirklichkeit Versprechen

By Carolin Höfler

Der italienische Architekt Antonino Cardillo nutzte jüngst digitale Bilder, um in den Medien Gebautes vorzutäuschen. Nachdem die Darstellungen als Wunschbilder enthüllt waren, entgegnete er: „Sehen Sie es einfach wie eine literarische Erzählung, [...] ein Märchen. Da ist es auch nicht wichtig, dass die Dinge tatsächlich passiert sind.“

C.HÖFLER, “Hyper Desire. Digitale Wirklichkeitsversprechen”, guest lecture as part of the lecture series Wunsch, Technical University of Cologne, 1 Jun 2016.

Digitale Wirklichkeit Versprechen

By Gérard Houllard

Tatsächlich hat Cardillo hier im Kern Recht, denn wie auch dieser Aufsatz zeigen wollte, können Bilder von unrealisierten und utopischen Architekturen zum festen Bestandteil der Architekturgeschichte werden und diese nicht unwesentlich beeinflussen.

G.HOULLARD, “Über die mediatisierte Repräsentation von Architektur”, in, vol.4, no.1, Basel, May 2013, pp.2-11.

Alles nur gerendert – und jetzt?

By Christian Holl

Oder die, wie wir uns über die Medien heute unsere Realität aus dem Materiellen und dem Imaginären konstruieren und welche Konsequenzen das hat. Keine einfachen Fragen, wahrlich. Wenn der Fall Cardillo nun dazu diente, wenigstens wieder eine dieser Fragen ernsthaft zu diskutieren, hätte er vielleicht mehr für den Architekturdiskurs getan, als die, die meinen, immer schon die Antwort auf sie zu haben.

C.HOLL, “Alles nur gerendert – und jetzt?”, in, Stuttgart, 29 Jul 2012.

Phantasie und Wirklichkeit

By Gabriele Detterer

Im Übrigen sei Architektur schon immer auch ephemer und virtuell gewesen, erklärt er. Von Palladio bis Schinkel, von Sant’Elia bis Mies van der Rohe hätten Baukünstler mit Ideen in Form von Surrogaten die Architekturentwicklung beeinflusst und die Realität verändert.

G.DETTERER, “Phantasie und Wirklichkeit”, in Neue Zürcher Zeitung, no.164, Zurich, 17 Jul 2012, p.40.


By Susanne Beyer

Als Felix Krull jung war, dachte er lange darüber nach, ob er die Welt klein oder groß sehen solle. Seiner „Natur gemäß“ habe er dann in seinem späteren Leben „die Welt für eine große und unendlich verlockende Erscheinung geachtet.“ Er wurde der glücklichste Hochstapler der Literaturgeschichte.

S.BEYER, “Hochstapler”, in Der Spiegel, no.27/12, Hamburg, 2 Jul 2012, pp.3,121-123.

Schöner Klonen

By Peter Reischer

Gefragt, ob die Fotos echt seien, gibt es die knappe Antwort: „I am an artist and as an artist I manipulate reality!“

P.REICHER, “Schöner Klonen”, in Falter, no.19/12, Vienna, May 2012, pp.30-31.

Part I

2012 – 2007

Style and Subversion

By London Design Festival

This year, as a homage to the V&A’s Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970 - 1990 the London Design Festival has commissioned architect Antonino Cardillo to create a spectacular Postmodern Cafe at the Exhibition Road entrance, open throughout the Festival.

The London Design Festival 2011, London, Sep 2011, pp.8,9,43,183.

Men’s footwear world tour

By Tony Chambers

Cardillo is one of the most significant architects of our time.

T.CHAMBERS, in “Men’s Footwear World Tour”, [press release], Milan, Sergio Rossi, Mar 2010, p.1.

Architecture and reverberation

By Antonino Cardillo

Sometimes architecture is all the more interesting, the more invisible or concealed it is. When it is not only made up of that which can be seen and touched, but rather that which suggests and leaves the rest to the imagination.

A.CARDILLO, “Architecture and Reverberation”, in Tasarim, no.194, Istanbul, Sep 2009, pp.90-91.

Wallpaper* Architects Directory

By Johnatan Bell and Ellie Stathaki

As if an annual sweep of the world’s most promising young architects wasn’t ambitious enough, for 2009 we’ve decided to add a new twist to the directory. Rather than simply report on the newest firms to flash onto our radar, Wallpaper* has commissioned 30 of the finest young architects to design their ideal home.

J.BELL, E.STATHAKI, “Architects Directory 2009”, in Wallpaper*, no.125, London, Aug 2009, pp.74-81.

Celestial vision

By Devyani Jayakar

Magnetising the eye from the very moment you view the enormous sweeping curves in the living room, the architecture appears to be the harbinger of an epochal change in Italy’s post imperial design history. Like a futuristic fantasy, his work has the signature overtones of that icon from the pantheon of greats – Zaha Hadid – only more masculine.

D.JAYAKAR, “Celestial Vision”, in Home Review, vol.6, no.5, Mumbai, Sep 2007, pp.60-64.

My concrete heart

By Jana Martin

Back to the Italian hillside, where this private ellipse house glares out at the shy clutch of pines. “Is it arrogant? Is it vacuous?” Matt asks us. True, you’d have to be sedated or have an ego the size of Trump to be comfortable moving through all that concrete mass and tension. But you could also be an endless daydreamer and be happy here.

J.MARTIN, “My Concrete Heart”, in, New York, 20 Jul 2007.

Ellipse 1501

By Matt Hussey

This new house designed by Antonino Cardillo has stumped us good and proper. Is it just another vacuous interior that looks an awful lot like a museum? Or is it a very shrewd example of how shapes and colours interact when placed next to each other?

M.HUSSEY, “Ellipse 1501”, in, Sydney, Jul 2007.

A new form of historicism

By Antonino Cardillo

Have we codified new languages or are we taking signs, places and objects from recent history and continually re-elaborating them? Is this a new form of historicism?

A.CARDILLO, “Comment”, in Blueprint, no.256, London, Jul 2007, p.58.