Antonino Cardillo

Works



Four Grottoes

(2013 – 2016)



Specus Corallii (Trapani 2016) is an architectural work designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo for Trapani Cathedral (Sicily). Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

Specus Corallii

TRAPANI, Sicily — September 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.

Cost: € 460 per square metre*




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

Colour as a Narrative

LONDON, England — April 29th, 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.

Cost: £ 200 per square metre*




Crepuscular Green (Rome 2014) is an architectural work designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo for the Mondrian Suite art gallery. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

Crepuscular Green

ROME, Italy — April 2014 — Crepuscular Green is an interior refurbishment of an art gallery located in San Lorenzo, Rome. The use of colour/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.

Cost: € 200 per square metre*




The House of Dust (Rome 2013) is an architectural work designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

House of Dust

ROME, Italy — March 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.

Cost: € 1,300 per square metre*






Arches

(2008 – 2014)



The seven MIN sculptures (London 2014) designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo exhibited at the Sir John's Soane Museum. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

MIN at the Sir John Soane's Museum

LONDON, England — September 13th - October 11th, 2014 — Since the Etruscan tombs, even before appearing as a structural element in the history of architecture, the arch derived its figure from the phallus. Inspired by the Egyptian god of fertility, MIN sculpture investigates the origin of the sacred.




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

Arcade Store

MILAN, Italy — April 2012 — The arch, icon of protection, rediscovers in this work its double value of connection and separation of parts.




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

Postmodern Cafe at V&A

LONDON, England — August 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.




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

Model House for Wallpaper* Architecture Directory

LONDON, England — February 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. — Editor in Chief Tony Chambers






Houses for No One

(2007 – 2011)



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

VII — Purple House

PEMBROKESHIRE, Wales — October 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 Sicilian 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 Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.

V — Concrete Moon House

MELBOURNE, Australia — October 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 Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.

IV — Max's House in a Small Lake

NIMES, France — July 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 Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.

III — House of Convexities

BARCELONA, Spain — March 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 Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.

II — Vaulted House

PARMA, Italy — January 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 Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo. Rendering by Antonino Cardillo.

I — Ellipse 1501 House

ROME, Italy — March 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.






Three Built Projects

(2010 – 2011)



Monteverde Vecchio Apartment (Rome 2011) designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo. Drawing by Antonino Cardillo.

Monteverde Flat

ROME, Italy — January 2011 — La casa corrisponde ad un principio di identità. È materia complessa, fatta di praticità e gioco, di ricordi e progettualità. Ascoltare e organizzare nello spazio è stato il senso di una collaborazione. In un’assonanza costruita nel dialogo, Antonino ha compreso un modo di essere, un ritmo. — The client Francesco Pignataro

Cost: € 1,000 per square metre*




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

Akin to a Cinema Set

MILAN, Italy — April 12nd, 2010 — [...] Cardillo is one of the most significant architects of our time. Combine that talent with Francesco Russo’s modern take on classic footwear and you get an exceptional shopping destination experience. This is an exciting and significant collaboration for Wallpaper and this is a must-see store.
— The client Wallpaper Editor in Chief Tony Chambers

Cost: € 700 per square metre*




The Inexact Quality (Takarazuka 2010) is an architectural work designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo for Nomura Koumuten Corporation of Osaka. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

The Inexact Quality

TAKARAZUKA, Japan — March 2010 — [...] At the same time we believe that this project gives everyone the clear idea of your personal magnetism at the full contents. This time, we did learn a lot from you. Your passion, your explicit design and your commitment to your own standard, as the whole your working attitude give us a very deep impression. — The client Nomura Kenni

Cost: ¥ 400,000 per square metre*






Early Fantasies

(2001 – 2007)



Birnbeck Island (Weston-Super-Mare 2007) is an architectural proposal designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo for a Royal Institute of British Architects competition.

Birnbeck Island

WESTON-SUPER-MARE, England — October 2007 — Like a naval vessel, a curved shape embraces the elements of the composition, which counterpoints the new tall buildings. In each of their narrow frontages, at the top, a big window marks the seascape creating a panorama like multitude of lighthouses.




Δρέπανον (Trapani 2001). Architectural project designed by Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo during the making of his degree thesis at the Faculty of Architecture of Palermo.

Δρέπανον

TRAPANI, Sicily — December 2001 — Having to be a lasting phenomenon, architecture ‘puts up with’ entertainment. Entertainment is ephemeral, mutable, and a building that tries to fix the shape of a space in time is destined almost always to fail. Is an architecture of amusement possible then?






Architecture as Entertainment

(2002 – 2013)



Antonino Cardillo: Architecture as Entertainment, in Fulcrum, no.77, Architectural Association Press, London, November 18th, 2013.

Architectural Association

LONDON, England — November 18th, 2013 — Article published in the weekly free sheet «Fulcrum» following Antonino Cardillo’s talk at the Architectural Association - School of Architecture. The text explores the architect’s point of view on the corrente state of architecture.




* The values indicate the construction cost per square metre in the local currency.



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