Cardillo

Purple House

Pembrokeshire, UK
1 Jun 2011




Nowadays people seem to ignore the erratic unfolding of ancient fluxes which moulded Northern lands. Lost in their present, they forget the pathways leading from the past to our time.


Antonino Cardillo, Purple House, Pembrokeshire, 2011.

Just a few memories. By the middle ages, between 1130 and 1194, England, and to some extent Wales and Ireland, shared with Sicily a Norman domain: Byzantine mercenaries and recognisers of Middle East cultures after capturing Sicily, these conquerors from the North Sea introduced a route between the Northern and Mediterranean shorelines. Making British history for the second time since the Roman era, they broke once more the islands’ isolation. Introducing knowledge from the Middle East region, not least bringing back ancient Greek and Roman texts, they laid the foundation for the birth of the Modern age.


Antonino Cardillo, Purple House, Pembrokeshire, 2011.

But history is full of violence: the dominant possession of a submissive culture manages to disguise the larceny by carefully rewriting history; and where memory lacks misunderstandings begin. Learning from the past, might architecture heal history’s wounds? Might it have the power to awake the routes concealed behind day-to-day life, revealing the whole cloaked behind the gloomy curtains of ignorance?


Antonino Cardillo, Purple House, Pembrokeshire, 2011.

Purple House represents an unconscious trip into the Norman legacy: exploring diverse elements, following paths empirically, re-evoking remote visions, aiming to find a common lost sense: what were the forgotten exchanges between England, Wales, Ireland, Sicily and Middle East?


Antonino Cardillo, Purple House, Pembrokeshire, 2011.

ENcircled by massive carved walls and coordinated by an interior symmetrical façade with crystal domes at the corners, the architectural forms investigate what unites us in this history. Compactly, complex, oppressive, expressionistic, the hollow interior of this cave sculpture inhales light: a light which swells the curves and the bulkheads, it coagulates at the corners and slips away, amid the interstices. It brightens up an adamantine vault, creating shades and dilating it.


Antonino Cardillo, Purple House, Pembrokeshire, 2011.

From dawn to dusk, its backlight changes the sense of space and the perception of the forms: at midday it dims the bulkheads curving in the living room. The light perforates the trapezoidal apertures carved in the heavy walls; close to the ceiling, the light transmutes itself into blades cut by a magnified brise-soleil. At sunset, however, the hall darkens. The parts, now obscured, counterpoint distant glares spread around and inside the hollowed-out base: below a burning cave, above a giant brazier glows into the vault.


Antonino Cardillo, Purple House, Pembrokeshire, 2011.

During the course of a solar day light and dark swap roles, interpreting the drama of an architecture monolithic and fragmentary, made of stone, cement and purple.


Antonino Cardillo, Purple House, Pembrokeshire, 2011.





Time: Dec 2009 - Jun 2011
Place: Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK







Architect: Antonino Cardillo
Computer-generated imagery: Antonino Cardillo
Text: Antonino Cardillo
English translator: Charles Searson







KIRSTEN WENZEL
competitionline.com, Berlin, 17 Jan 2019.

JEANETTE KUNSMANN
STEPHAN BURKOFF
dear-magazin.de, Berlin, 20 Nov 2017.
antoninocardillo.com, Trapani, Aug 2017, English translation by Richenda Gillespie.
antoninocardillo.com, Trapani, Aug 2017, Italian translation by Beatrice Del Bo.
DEAR Magazin, no.1, Berlin, Apr 2017.

CAROLIN HÖFLER
Guest lecture as part of the lecture series Wunsch, Technical University of Cologne, 1 Jun 2016.

ANTONINO CARDILLO
CHRIS DÄHNE
CAROLIN HÖFLER
FREDERIKE LAUSCH
Guest lectures as part of the lecture series Konstruierte Realitäten. Zum Verhältnis von medialen Praktiken und der Konzeption von Architektur, Frankfurt am Main, German Architecture Museum, 1 Dec 2015.

URS HONEGGER
hochparterre.ch, Zurigo, 25 Nov 2013.

DANNY HUDSON
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ANDREA CHIU
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GERARD HOULLARD
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HUBERTUS ADAM
S AM, no.10, Basel, Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum, Mar 2013.

BIRGIT OCHS
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STEFANO MIRTI
GIOIA GUERZONI
Opere, no.32, Florence, Oct 2012.

DANIEL LORDICK
Competition. Magazin für Architekten, Ingenieure und Bauherren, no.2, Berlin, Oct 2012.

FABRIZIO GALLANTI
LARS KRÜCKEBERG
VOLKWIN MARG
WOLFRAM PUTZ
PETER REISCHER
ANDREAS RUBY
TOBIAS WALLISER
THOMAS WILLEMEIT
CARL ZILLICH
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PETER REISCHER
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CHRISTIAN HOLL
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GABRIELE DETTERER
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ELEONORA CARRANO
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ALESSANDRO ALVIANI
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SUSANNE BEYER
antoninocardillo.com, Rome, Sep 2012, Italian translation by Kathrin Gramsdorff.
Der Spiegel, no.27/12, Hamburg, 2 Jul 2012.

PETER REISCHER
Falter, no.19/12, Vienna, May 2012.

ANTONINO CARDILLO
L4_House Design, Seoul, A&C Publishing, 2012.

ANTONINO CARDILLO
Inside Quality Design, no.26, Milan, Feb 2012.

HELEN GENG HAIZHEN
Interior Architecture of China, Beijing, Nov 2011.

ANTONINO CARDILLO
Interviewed by Ralf Broekman and Olaf Winkler, build Das Architekten-Magazin, no.5/11, Wuppertal, Oct 2011.

DEVYANI JAYAKAR
Inside Outside, no.315, Mumbai, Sep 2011.

SIÂN DISSON (ed.)
worldarchitecturenews.com, London, 23 Jun 2011.