Works



Paradiso (Rome 2018) is a work of architecture by architect Antonino Cardillo for the restaurant/bar Off Club. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

Off Club

ROME, Italy — Jun 2018
A walled garden of golden shadows and black mirrors.






Four Grottoes

2016 – 2013




Specus Corallii (Trapani 2016) is a work of architecture designed by architect Antonino Cardillo for Trapani Cathedral (Sicily). Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

Specus Corallii
SALA LAURENTINA

TRAPANI, Italy — Sep 2016
The Coral Cave is a refuge from the world. A grotto where love can still happen. The place where the city regains its sacral dimension that binds those who were to those who are.




Colour as a Narrative (London Mayfair 2015) is a work of architecture designed by architect Antonino Cardillo for Illuminum Fragrance. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

Colour as a Narrative
ILLUMINUM

LONDON, UK — Apr 2015
Behind a portal on a Georgian street in London, lives a small grey grotto. Its rugged walls, imprinted with gestures of the mason’s trowel reveal the eroticism which was conveyed in the act of construction by the ancients.




Crepuscular Green (Rome 2014) is a work of architecture designed by architect Antonino Cardillo for the Mondrian Suite art gallery. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

Crepuscular Green
MONDRIAN SUITE

ROME, Italy — Apr 2014
Crepuscular Green is an interior refurbishment of an art gallery located in San Lorenzo, Rome. The use of colour and texture is inspired by the opening scene of Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold, which depicts a greenish dawn as seen from the depths of the river.




The House of Dust (Rome 2013) is a work of architecture designed by architect Antonino Cardillo. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

House of Dust

ROME, Italy — Mar 2013
In this house classical orders and golden proportions celebrate dust. A grey base supports a ceiling of rustic plaster of the colour of the bare earth: craving for primordial caverns, for Renaissance grotesques, for baroque nymphaeums in Doria Pamphilj, for faintly Liberty façades in the streets off Via Veneto.






Arches, Blue, Gold

2012 – 2009




Arcade Store (Milan 2012) is an architectural project by architect Antonino Cardillo. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

Arcade

MILAN, Italy — Apr 2012
The arch, icon of protection, in its airy, slender variant, codified by 13th century Italian painting and often cited by De Chirico, rediscovers in this work its double value of connection and separation of parts.




The Postmodern Cafe (London 2011) is a design set designed by architect Antonino Cardillo at the Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition Road entrance in occasion of the Postmodernism exhibition.

Postmodern Cafe
VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM

LONDON, UK — Aug 2011
Postmodern Cafe is homage to the V&A’s Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-90. Like huge frescoes, two façades evoke the forgotten bond between painting and architecture. Vinyl graffiti refigure archetypal themes of tympanum and arch.




Akin to a Cinema Set (Milan 2010) is an architectural project designed by architect Antonino Cardillo for Sergio Rossi and Wallpaper* magazine. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

Akin to a Cinema Set
SERGIO ROSSI

MILAN, Italy — Apr 2010
Cardillo is one of the most significant architects of our time. [...] This is an exciting and significant collaboration for Wallpaper* and this is a must-see store.

Wallpaper* editor-in-chief Tony Chambers




Model House (Marrakech 2009) designed by architect Antonino Cardillo in occasion of the 2009 Wallpaper* Architects Directory. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

House for Wallpaper*

LONDON, UK — Feb 2009
As well as our definitive room-by-room round-up of the latest and greatest designs for your home, we’ve identified and profiled the world’s 30 most talented young architectural practices.

Wallpaper* editor-in-chief Tony Chambers






Houses for No One

2011 – 2007




Purple House (2011) is the seven of the seven imaginary houses designed by architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.

VII — Purple House

PEMBROKESHIRE, UK — Oct 2011
Purple House represents an unconscious trip into the Norman legacy: what were the forgotten exchanges between England, Wales, Ireland and Sicily?




House of Twelve (2009) is the sixth of the seven imaginary houses designed by architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.

VI — House of Twelves

MELBOURNE, Australia — May 2009
It was the ruins of ancient Rome that inspired this project, those unpredictable warps that in the eighteenth century appeared to European travellers on the Grand Tour as fantastic visions.




Concrete Moon House (2008) is the fifth of the seven imaginary houses designed by architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.

V — Concrete Moon House

MELBOURNE, Australia — Oct 2008
Secretly, everyone is attracted to what he is afraid of and sometimes fear reawakens desires that cannot be confessed. We remain perturbed, recognising that in remote parts of our interior universe resides an apparent otherness.




Max's House in a Small Lake (2008) is the fourth of the seven imaginary houses designed by architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.

IV — Max's House in a Small Lake

NIMES, France — Jul 2008
Research, often, is a path orientated by incoherent choices, and yet the willingness to be permeated by the unexpected often reveals new keys to the comprehension of reality, which, being by its very nature constructed from a geography and from a relatively infinite time, is unstable, insecure and imponderable.




House of Convexities (2008) is the third of the seven imaginary houses designed by architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.

III — House of Convexities

BARCELONA, Spain — Mar 2008
Inside a house among coarse Mediterranean glades and corrugated stone walls, a slanting light, pierced by innumerable narrow repeated blades, inscribes and describes the walls with its impermanent, mutable hand.




Vaulted House (2008) is the second of the seven imaginary houses designed by architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.

II — Vaulted House

PARMA, Italy — Jan 2008
Silences are not all alike. The silence of a large nave is different from that of a room. And the outdoor sounds of the countryside perceived through a great silence can be yet more diverse.




Ellipse 1501 House (2008) is the first of the seven imaginary houses designed by architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.

I — Ellipse 1501 House

ROME, Italy — Mar 2007
Near a rocky slope, behind a thick blanket of pines, lives a house in the shape of a tower. It is not round, but its geometric set-up dilates toward east and west to welcome in the low, warm, extended light of the sun at dawn and dusk.