Antonino Cardillo


Born in Eryx (Sicily), architect Antonino Cardillo studied classical architecture in Rome. There, from 2007 to 2011, he designed seven Imagined Houses which explore the boundaries between ancient and modern languages, all of which were broadly published worldwide. Afterwards, Antonino Cardillo was selected among the thirty finest architects of 2009 by the British Wallpaper* magazine:¹ “Cardillo is one of the most significant architects of our time”, Editor-in-Chief Tony Chambers said of him.²

In 2012 he was accused of deception by the German Der Spiegel magazine for his hyper-realistic renderings.³

The same year, in Rome, near the Villa Borghese park, he began construction of his aesthetic manifesto, the House of Dust. Lending to the space a classical form through this work, Antonino Cardillo reintroduces the themes of the grotto and the arch in the architecture of the present, experimenting with interrupted valences of past in a cohesive whole, rich in meanings. Chosen as one of the fifty works that recount the history of Italian interior architecture at the XXI Triennale di Milano, curator Beppe Finessi said of it: “There are interior designers who magically sweep away all established practice and make a name for themselves with a project destined to became a milestone. We have seen this recently with House of Dust (Rome, 2013).”4

Antonino Cardillo interprets architecture as faculty to transcend the ordinary and his work has been featured in Rotterdam (Chabot Museum), London (John Foxx’s exhibition, Chelsea College of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum, Architectural Association, Sir John Soane’s Museum), Frankfurt am Main (Deutsche Architekturmuseum) and Milan (Palazzo della Triennale).

Italian architect Antonino Cardillo

Antonino Cardillo
portrait by Marco Ponzianelli.

List of Facts


BERLIN, Germany — BauNetz Designlines Specialnewsletter #1 features ‘Specus Corallii’ among the most read pieces of the year 2016.


BERLIN, Germany — Jeanette Kunsmann recounts ‘Specus Corallii’ in BauNetz Leader article in newsletter #59 and cover of BauNetz homepage of December 1st, 2016.

ROME, Italy — Paolo Antonacci features ‘Antonino Cardillo. Grotte’ in Rassegna #128 of

LONDON, England — Jessica Mairs unveils ‘Specus Corallii’ in Interior icon for one week.

LONDON, England — Dezeen features ‘House of Dust’ among ten of the most popular pink-hued interiors.

NEW YORK, USA — Zurain Imam interviews Antonino Cardillo for «ODDA».

COLOGNE, Germany — Carolin Höfler lectures on Antonino Cardillo’s rendering and photography at the Technical University of Cologne.

MILAN, ItalyXXI Triennale di Milano — By invitation of curator Beppe Finessi, Antonino Cardillo showcases ‘House of Dust’ at the exhibition ‘Rooms: novel living concepts’ in Palazzo della Triennale. Through a selection of fifty works the exhibition presents the history of Italian interior architecture ranging from the 1920s to the present day.

LONDON, England — Westfield report «How We Shop Now: What’s Next» identifies the sensorial experience of the Illuminum Gallery ‘Colour as a Narrative’ as key future trend.


TRAPANI, Sicily — December 25th — Antonino Cardillo recounts his incoming architectural project ‘Specus Corallii’ in «Lettera Aperta», the magazine of the Parish of San Lorenzo Cathedral of Trapani.

Antonino Cardillo meets Cristofaro Anile.

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany — Chris Dähne, Frederike Lausch and Bettina Rudhof (Goethe-University) invite Antonino Cardillo to talk at the Oswald M. Ungers’ German Architecture Museum.

LONDON, England — «LS:N Global Luxury Futures Showcase 2015» showcases ‘Colour as a Narrative’ as one of the world’s most cutting-edge luxury spaces and stores at the Claridge’s Hotel.

LONDON, England — Emma Moore features ‘Colour as a Narrative’ in

LONDON, England — Anna Winston unveils ‘Colour as a Narrative’ in

LONDON, England — By invitation of Suzanne Trocmé (Wallpaper* Magazine), Antonino Cardillo designs the Illuminum Fragrance Gallery at 41 Dover Street, Mayfair, London. The ‘Colour as a Narrative’ has been built in two weeks.

ROME, Italy — Francesca Gottardo argues over ‘House of Dust’ in Paolo Portoghesi magazine «Abitare la Terra».

MILAN, Italy — Elisabetta Colombo interviews Antonino Cardillo for «Corriere della Sera Living».


Antonino Cardillo moves from Rome to Trapani.

LONDON, England — Opening feature for the promotional trailer of the book Room: Inside Contemporary Interiors (Phaidon editions) has selected ‘House of Dust’ as one of the world’s most exceptional spaces of the past five years.

LONDON, England — «Port» features Antonino Cardillo as a runner-up for the title of “the five most influential architects of the year in the world”.

LONDON, England — Abraham Thomas invites Antonino Cardillo to showcase ‘MIN’ in an ancient cabinet of the Breakfast Room of the Sir John Soane’s Museum at 12 Lincoln’s Field Inn.

ROME, Italy — Klaus Mondrian commits Antonino Cardillo to refurbish his Mondrian Suite art gallery in Quartiere San Lorenzo, Rome. The ‘Crepuscular Green’ has been built in three weeks.

Antonino Cardillo lives in Rome for nine months. Throughout this time, he visits Etruscan ruins in Lazio and Medieval sites in Abruzzo with Paolo Bedetti.

LONDON, England — Jenny Dalton interviews Antonino Cardillo for the «Financial Times’ How To Spend It». Photograph of HoD in index page.

PARIS, France — Fashion forecasting agency Texworld chooses ‘House of Dust’ as new trend for the seasons of the years 2015 and 2016.

LONDON, England — Fashion forecasting agencies WGSN and LS:N Global choose ‘House of Dust’ as new trend for the seasons of the years 2015 and 2016.

LONDON, England — Ana Araujo argues over ‘House of Dust’ in «The Journal of Architecture» (Royal Institute of British Architects).


LONDON, England — Jack Self invites Antonino Cardillo to publish ‘Architecture as Entertainment’ in «Fulcrum», the weekly publication about architecture printed by Architectural Association.

LONDON, England — Ana Araujo, Takero Shimazaki and Alexandra Savtchenko-Belskaia invite Antonino Cardillo to talk at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — Riya Patel features ‘House of Dust’ in «Frame». Pink plastic envelope of the issue no. 95 inspired by HoD.

LONDON, England — Felix Mara features ‘House of Dust’ as cover of the October issue of the «Architects’ Journal Specification».

Antonino Cardillo lives in London with Ana Araujo for four months.

BERLIN, Germany — Tim Berge features ‘House of Dust’ in BauNetz

LONDON, England — Amy Frearson unveils ‘House of Dust’ in

MILAN, Italy — Paolo Maria Noseda unveils ‘House of Dust’ in «Corriere della Sera Casamica».

ROME, Italy — Andrea Penna and Monica D’Onofrio (via Auronda Scalera and Daniela Condò) interview Antonino Cardillo inside the ‘House of Dust’ for the primetime Italian public broadcast RAI Radio 3 Suite.

ROME, Italy — The Italian director Pasquale Marino and the photographer Valentina Belli produce the ‘House of Dust’ short film.

BRADFORD, England — The British musician Paula O’Brien performs ‘House of Dust’, the poem written by Antonino Cardillo.


DORSET, England — Ana Araujo and Takero Shimazaki invite Antonino Cardillo to talk at the Hooke Park campus of the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

ROME, Italy — Massimiliano Beffa commits Antonino Cardillo to refurbish his apartment in Quartiere Ludovisi, Rome. The ‘House of Dust’ has been built in nine months.

TRAPANI, SicilyChamber of Architects of Trapani awards Antonino Cardillo as one of four most significant young architects of the Province.

NEW YORK, USA — Mitchell Oakley Smith book Art / Fashion in 21st Century (Thames & Hudson editions) features ‘Sergio Rossi Men’s ephemeral boutique’.

FLORENCE, Italy — Stefano Mirti and Gioia Guerzoni publish a fictional interview with Antonino Cardillo in «Opere».

POTSDAM, Germany — Carl Zillich stirs the debate over the seven Imagined Houses series in Texts by Fabrizio Gallanti, Lars Kruckeberg, Wolfram Putz e Thomas Willemeit, Martin Sobota (alias Cityförster), Peter Reischer, Tobias Walliser, Volkwin Marg.

ZÜRICH, Switzerland — Gabriele Detterer argues about the seven Imagined Houses series in «Neue Zürcher Zeitung».

HAMBURG, Germany — Susanne Beyer interviews Antonino Cardillo for «Der Spiegel» about the seven Imagined Houses series at the ‘Monteverde Apartment’ in Rome. Article featured in editorial.

VIENNA, Austria — Peter Reicher launches the controversy over the seven Imagined Houses series in «Falter».


BEIJING, China — Helen Geng Haizhen interviews Antonino Cardillo for a monographic issue of «Interior Architecture of China» about his works.

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Ralf Ferdinand Broekman and Olaf Winkler interview Antonino Cardillo for «build».

LONDON, England — By invitation of Suzanne Trocmé (Wallpaper* Magazine), Antonino Cardillo designs the ‘Postmodern Cafe’, the 2011 London Design Festival’s dedicated entrance to the Victoria & Albert Museum. The project has not been built due to lack of funds.

ROME, Italy — Massimo Locci argues over ‘Ellipse 1501 House’, ‘House of Twelves’, ‘Nomura House’ and ‘Sergio Rossi Men’s ephemeral boutique’ in «L’Architetto Italiano».

LONDON, England — Gian Luca Amadei interviews Antonino Cardillo (besides Richard Meier, Odile Decq, Kengo Kuma and Peter Wilson) for «Blueprint» over James Stirling.


LONDON, England — Antonino Cardillo knows Ana Araujo (via Gian Luca Amadei) who invites him to discuss his practice’s work at the Chelsea College of Art.

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Ralf Ferdinand Broekman and Olaf Winkler interview Antonino Cardillo for «build».

LONDON, England — Malaika Byng unveils ‘Sergio Rossi Men’s ephemeral boutique’ in

MILAN, Italy — By invitation of Suzanne Trocmé (Wallpaper* Magazine), Antonino Cardillo designs the Sergio Rossi Men’s ephemeral boutique in Milan. The project has been built in ten days.

BERLIN, Germany — Judith Jenner interviews Antonino Cardillo about ‘House of Convexities’ for «H.O.M.E.».


MELBOURNE, Australia — Thomson Carpenter interviews Antonino Cardillo for the gay magazine «DNA».

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Ellie Stathaki and Jonathan Bell invite Antonino Cardillo to showcase ‘Lime and Limpid Green’ model house designed for 2009 Wallpaper* Architects Directory at the Chabot Museum (Museumpark).

OSAKA, Japan — Kenji Nomura commits Antonino Cardillo to design a timber house in Takarazuka, Prefecture of Hyogo, Japan. ‘The Inexact Quality’ has been built in seven months.

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Chanel Chan invites Antonino Cardillo to write a text about light and architecture for «Tasarim».

LONDON, England — The British musician John Foxx invites Antonino Cardillo to showcase ‘Ellipse 1501 House’ and ‘Tales of Light’ video at The Horse Hospital (Russel Square), where artworks of artists inspired by Foxx’s music were exhibited (among the others the Duran Duran Nick Rhodes).

LONDON, England — Ellie Stathaki and Jonathan Bell select Antonino Cardillo as one of the thirty finest young architects of the year for «Wallpaper*», the British leading design, fashion and lifestyle magazine.


The series of the seven Imagined Houses is broadly published in blogs, magazines and books around the world.

MELBOURNE, Australia — Laura and Livio De Marchi commit Antonino Cardillo to design their home in Kew, Melbourne, Australia. The project has not been built. From the variances of preliminary project, further three Imagined Houses have been created: ‘Concrete Moon House’, ‘House of Twelves’ and ‘Purple House’.

ST-PETERSBURG, Russia — Sergei Kovaliov invites Antonino Cardillo to showcase ‘Let There Be More Light’, ‘Birnbeck Insland’, ‘Ellipse 1501 House’ and ‘Canto Sospeso’ at the A.S. Popov Museum of Communications.


LONDON, England — Gian Luca Amadei invites Antonino Cardillo to write the text A new form of Historicism for «Blueprint».

ROME, Italy — Massimo Locci invites Antonino Cardillo to contribute to three issues of the Alitalia inflight magazine «Ulisse».

MUMBAI, India — Devyani Jayakar argues over ‘Ellipse 1501 House’ and ‘Vaulted House’ in «Home Review», and and ‘House of Convexities’ in «Inside Outside».

MILAN, Italy — Cesare Maria Casati magazine «L’Arca» features ‘Ellipse 1501 House’ and ‘Vaulted House’.

SYDNEY, Australia — Matt Hussey provokes debate over ‘Ellipse 1501 House’ in

ROME, Italy — Antonino Cardillo begin to design a series of Imagined Houses: ‘Ellipse 1501 House’, ‘Vaulted House’, ‘House of Convexities’ and ‘Max’s House in a Small Lake’.


Antonino Cardillo visits Modern and Ancient sites in Praha (Vladislav Hall e St Nicholas Church at Malá Strana), Morocco (Royal Stables in Meknes and Bahia Palace in Marrakech), Barcelona (German Pavilion), France (Mont Saint-Michel and Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp), London (Sir John Soane’s Museum and Secret Garden of St. John’s Lodge), Cologne (Wallraf-Richartz Museum), Egypt (Temple of Hatshepsut and Philae Island), Habana (Great Theatre of Havana, Cathedral e Palacio de los Capitanes Generales) and Istanbul (Şehzade Mosque, Harem of Topkapı Palace).


PALERMO, SicilyGalleria EXPA selects ‘Dualistic House’ as one of the twenty best contemporary house of Sicily.

LONDON, EnglandWorld Architecture News selects the designed with Pietro Maltese project ‘Dualistic House’ in Eryx (Sicily) as one of the top thirty houses of year.

Kathrin Gramsdorff introduces the Classical music journalist Charles Searson to Antonino Cardillo who becomes English translator of his texts.


He lives in Rome to study Classical architecture. There, he meets Cesare Maria Casati, Massimo Locci, Laura and Nicola De Risi (via Antonietta Iolanda Lima). He also becomes friend of Ardalan Nabavinejad, Anahi Borges and Andrea Paolo Massara, students at the ‘Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia’.


He works in Milan with Fabio Nonis and Carlo Alberto Maggiore and lives in Desenzano del Garda (Lake Garda). There, he meets Massimiliano Beffa.

2003 has been created.

TRAPANI, Sicily — He works with Pietro Maltese for few months. Pietro Maltese and Paolo Marconi commit Antonino Cardillo to create a 3d model and renderings for the restoration project of the XVI-XVIII centuries ‘Palazzo Riccio Baroni di San Gioacchino’.


PALERMO, Sicily — After an early study of the Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ movie and the late 60s, he graduates in Architecture with a thesis about the Trapani’s Marina (Giovanni Sarta supervisor).


PALERMO, Sicily — He studies at the Faculty of Architecture of Palermo under the guidance of Antonietta Iolanda Lima.

TRAPANI, Sicily — He works with Maria Antonietta Castagna for few months.


TRAPANI-ERYX, Sicily — Antonino Cardillo spends his childhood between Trapani and Britannia. He was born on May 18th, 1975, in Eryx.


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