2015: Being in shape

By Sophia Klinkenberg

For Antonino Cardillo, who is specialized in architecture as well as interior architecture, there is a difference in his work considering the creation of a dialogue between the user and space, when compared to his early work and how he currently positions himself as an architect. One of his early works is the House of Convexities, that is part of the project where he designed Seven Houses for No One. He reflects on this work by considering the house merely as a form of self-expression in a narcissistic way. The complexity of the house shows the narrative that is more related to physical forms and the movement of the light it plays with. It is therefore also suggested to be a dance. Cardillo created a narrative space that is related considerably to the possibility of the life as it has never been built, but it is the idea behind it; “Architecture only remains still in pictures. In real life its natural state is one of transition. Both man and light move within it. [...] How many possible stories will this light tell over the course of a year?” The narrative here is about the natural environment in relation to the design. The “dialogue with the weather-sun, wind, dust and rain – is of more interest than furniture”, as Cardillo describes his current vision in his biography.

Antonino Cardillo, House of Convexities, Barcelona 2008.

Antonino Cardillo, House of Convexities, Barcelona 2008. CGI by Antonino Cardillo.

In his later work this poetical feeling between nature and architecture remained as it might even became stronger and developed it in a more anthroposophical dialogue between man and space. One of the main differences with his earlier work is that the narrative of the concept in House of Convexities was expressed strongly in the complexity of forms, whereas with more recent apartment he designed in Rome, House of Dust, he reinvented a space with a conventional lay-out. This was done by considering the space more like an instrument to write a narrative without an extravagant typology, it becomes a scenography of a time process related to space and light. He reached this complexity by his use of textures, proportion, the relations of the different part in space, natural light and minimal use of artificial light, the experience of colours and so on. In his work he is very much inspired by human nature, cultural heritage and classical architecture as he also believes that good architecture represents the sense of the change over time. In contrast to natural light, strong artificial light creates overexposed spaces and removes the possibility to mutate space, where Cardillo links shadows and mysteries in space to create a sense of eroticism.

Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust, Roma 2013.

Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust, Rome 2013. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

Shaping Environments
[thesis], The Hague, Royal Academy of Art (KABK), May 2015.