Antonino Cardillo

Biography


Born in Sicily, Cardillo graduated from Palermo University with a degree in architecture.
He reintroduces vaults, grottoes, arches, and polychromy in the architecture of the present: through remote sites and fictional locations, his alternate reality investigates interrupted stories from the past, in cohesive whole, rich in meaning.
Published widely across the globe, Cardillo was selected among the thirty finest architects by Wallpaper* magazine. He was also accused of deception by Der Spiegel magazine, and he was recently featured on the cover of the first issue of the berlinese DEAR magazine.
He has lectured at the Architectural Association and his works have been exhibited at different venues, including the Sir John Soane’s Museum, the Deutsche Architekturmuseum, and the Triennale di Milano.



Antonino Cardillo into the Labyrinth

INTO THE LABYRINTH © MARCO PONZIANELLI






List of Facts



2017

NEW DELHI, India — Mrinalini Ghadiok presents the ‘Four Grottoes’ as feature story of «Mondo*Arc India».

ROME, Italy — Francesca Gottardo argues over the ‘Specus Corallii’ in the Paolo Portoghesi magazine «Abitare la Terra».

LOCOGRANDE, Sicily — Federico Chiarello and Antonio Mistretta, with Diego Grammatico, interview Antonino Cardillo at The Trail Blazers ZAK radio.

LONDON, England — Alice Morby features the ‘Crepuscular Green’ in dezeen.com.

BERLIN, Germany — “Antonino Cardillo Architecture and Truth” cover story of the first issue of «DEAR Magazin». Eighteen pages recount the journey to Sicily of Jeanette Kunsmann, Stephan Burkoff and Cyrill Matter.

MUNICH, Germany — ‘Specus Corallii’ cover picture of the architecture pages in the April issue of «AD Architectural Digest».

ROMA, Italia — Luigi Frudà and Sebastiano Costantino introduce the ‘Specus Corallii’ in Strenna D’Agosto 2016, stories, memories and recounts of Sicily.

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


2016

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

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

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

LONDON, England — Dezeen features the ‘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 the curator Beppe Finessi, Antonino Cardillo showcases the ‘House of Dust’ at the exhibition ‘Rooms: novel living concepts’ in Palazzo della Triennale. Through a selection of fifty works the exhibition presents an history of Italian interior design ranging from the 1920s to the present day.

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


2015

TRAPANI, Sicily — December 25th — Antonino Cardillo recounts his incoming 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 the ‘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 the ‘Colour as a Narrative’ in wallpaper.com.

LONDON, England — Anna Winston unveils the ‘Colour as a Narrative’ in dezeen.com.

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’ project has been built in two weeks.

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

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


2014

Antonino Cardillo moves from Rome to Trapani.

LONDON, England — The Phaidon editions book Room: Inside Contemporary Interiors selects the ‘House of Dust’ as one of the world’s most exceptional spaces of the past five years. Opening feature of the promotional teaser on Youtube.

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 (via Siobhan Henderson) invites Antonino Cardillo to showcase his ‘MIN’ sculptures inside the antique cabinets 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’ project 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». Photography in index.

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

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

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


2013

LONDON, England — Jack Self (via Alexandra Savtchenko-Belskaia) invites Antonino Cardillo to publish his ‘Architecture as Entertainment’ text 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 the ‘House of Dust’ in «Frame». Pink plastic envelope of the issue no. 95 inspired by HoD.

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

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

BERLIN, Germany — Tim Berge features the ‘House of Dust’ in BauNetz designlines.de.

LONDON, England — Amy Frearson unveils the ‘House of Dust’ in dezeen.com.

MILAN, Italy — Paolo Maria Noseda unveils the ‘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 at 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 a short film over the ‘House of Dust’.

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


2012

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’ project has been built in nine months.

TRAPANI, Sicily — The Chamber of Architects of Trapani awards Antonino Cardillo as one of four most significant young architects of the Province.

NEW YORK, USA — The Mitchell Oakley Smith book Art / Fashion in 21st Century (Thames & Hudson editions) features the ‘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 Houses for No One series in bkult.de. Contributions 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 Houses for No One series in «Neue Zürcher Zeitung».

HAMBURG, Germany — Susanne Beyer interviews Antonino Cardillo for «Der Spiegel» about the Houses for No One series at the ‘Monteverde Apartment’ in Rome. Article in editorial.

VIENNA, Austria — Peter Reicher launches the controversy over the Houses for No One series in «Falter».


2011

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

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 London Design Festival 2011’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) over James Stirling for «Blueprint».


2010

LONDON, England — Antonino Cardillo meets Ana Araujo (via Gian Luca Amadei), who invited 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 the ‘Sergio Rossi Men’s ephemeral boutique’ in wallpaper.com.

MILAN, Italy — By invitation of Suzanne Trocmé (Wallpaper* Magazine), Antonino Cardillo designs the Sergio Rossi Men’s ephemeral boutique in Milan. The ‘Akin to a Cinema Set’ project has been built in ten days. Wallpaper* Editor-in-Chief Tony Chambers said of it: Cardillo is one of the most significant architect of our time.

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


2009

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

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Ellie Stathaki and Jonathan Bell invite Antonino Cardillo to showcase the Model House committed by Wallpaper* in occasion of the 2009 Architects Directory award, 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’ project has been built in seven months.

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

LONDON, England — The British musician John Foxx invites Antonino Cardillo to showcase the ‘Ellipse 1501 House’ and the ‘Tales of Light’ video at The Horse Hospital (Russel Square), besides, artworks of diverse artists inspired by Foxx’s music (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.


2008

The Houses for No One series 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 house has never been built. From the variances of this preliminary project, the further Houses for No One have been created (‘Concrete Moon House’, ‘House of Twelves’, and ‘Purple House’).

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


2007

LONDON, England — Gian Luca Amadei invites Antonino Cardillo to write a critic (A new form of Historicism) for «Blueprint».

ROME, Italy — Massimo Locci invites Antonino Cardillo to contribute with three articles over Barcelona, Valencia and the Egypt to three issues of the Alitalia inflight magazine «Ulisse».

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

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

SYDNEY, Australia — Matt Hussey provokes debate over the ‘Ellipse 1501 House’ in thecoolhunter.com.

ROME, Italy — Antonino Cardillo begins to design the Houses for No One series (‘Ellipse 1501 House’, ‘Vaulted House’, ‘House of Convexities’, and ‘Max’s House in a Small Lake’).


2006-2008

Together with Massimiliano Beffa, Antonino Cardillo visits Ancient and Modern sites of 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).


2006

PALERMO, Sicily — The Galleria EXPA selects the ‘Dualistic House’ project as one of the twenty best contemporary house of Sicily.

LONDON, EnglandWorld Architecture News selects the ‘Dualistic House’ project as one of the top thirty houses of the year.

Kathrin Gramsdorff introduces the Classical music journalist Charles Searson to Antonino Cardillo, who became his longtime English translator.


2004

ROME, Italy — Cesare Maria Casati (via Nicola De Risi) invites Antonino Cardillo to contribute to his course of ‘Production Design I’ at the Faculty of Architecture ‘Valle Giulia’.

Antonino Cardillo moves from Desenzano del Garda to Rome.


2003

MILAN, Italy — He works with Fabio Nonis and Carlo Alberto Maggiore.

Antonino Cardillo moves from Trapani to Desenzano del Garda (Lake Garda), where he met his former boyfriend Massimiliano Beffa.

www.antoninocardillo.com has been created.

ERYX, Sicily — He design the ‘Dualistic House’ project with Pietro Maltese.

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


2002

PALERMO, Sicily — After an early study of thesis over the Stanley Kubrick’s movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ and the late 60s context, he graduates in architecture with a project for an experimental building at the Trapani’s Marina (Giovanni Sarta supervisor).


1993-1998

PALERMO, Sicily — He studies at the Faculty of Architecture under the guidance of Antonietta Iolanda Lima. He also contributes to her academic books and courses of ‘History of Modern Architecture’ and ‘History of Contemporary Architecture’. Among the other professors he mentions Teresa La Rocca, Michele Argentino, Francesco De Simone and Rita Cedrini.


1992

TRAPANI, Sicily — He meets Maria Antonietta Castagna, who invited him to spend some hour at day in her small office of architecture.


1975-1992

He spends his childhood between Trapani and Britannia.


1975

ERYX, Sicily — Antonino Cardillo was born on May 18th.




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