The architecture of Antonino Cardillo




LONDON, UK — Tom Wilkinson features Off Club in Typology: Nightclub in the Darkness issue of The Architectural Review.


DESSAU, Germany, Hochschule Anhalt (DIA) — Johannes Kister invited Cardillo to talk as part of Dessauer Gespräche.

OSTFILDERN, Germany — Gründel and Tomek featured Specus Corallii in DuMont Reise-Handbuch Reiseführer Sizilien.

ROME, Italy — Lucia Barbara Galli featured Off Club in the Paolo Portoghesi magazine Abitare la Terra.

ROME, Italy, Istituto Luce Cinecittà — Diego Grammatico and Giovanna Marinelli invited Cardillo to talk as part of the festival Rome Video Game Lab.

LONDON, UK, Royal College of Art — On behalf of the students of the Interior Design Program, Yara Boulos and Riccardo Rizzetto invited Cardillo to talk as part of the series Inside/Out.


DARMSTADT, Germany, Hochschule Darmstadt — Schultz, Wiedemann-Tokarz, and Herrmann featured House of Dust and Specus Corallii in the volume Thinking Color in Space.

LONDON, UK — Suzanne Trocmé unveiled Off Club in Wallpaper* magazine.


BERLIN, Germany, STATION-Berlin — Cardillo was keynote speaker of the Heinze ArchitekTOUR Kongress.

MILAN, Italy — Jean-Marie Martin featured Specus Corallii in the Francesco Dal Co magazine Casabella.

ROME, Italy — Francesca Gottardo featured Specus Corallii in the Paolo Portoghesi magazine Abitare la Terra.

BERLIN, Germany — Cardillo was the cover story of the first issue of DEAR Magazin: 18 pages featured the journey to Sicily of Jeanette Kunsmann and Stephan Burkoff.

ROME, Italy — Matteo Di Persio and Francesco Curcio commissioned Cardillo to design the restaurant-bar Off Club. The project was built in seventeen months.


LONDON, UK — Jessica Mairs unveiled Specus Corallii in Interior icon of week.

COLOGNE, Germany, Technische Hochschule Köln — Carolin Höfler gave the lecture Hyper Desire which compared Ellipse 1501 House to the production design of Ken Adam’s 007 James Bond film Moonraker.

MILAN, Italy, XXI Triennale — Beppe Finessi selected House of Dust as part of the history of Italian interior design exhibition Stanze: Altre Filosofie dell’Abitare.


TRAPANI, Italy, Cattedrale di San Lorenzo — Gaspare Gruppuso commissioned Cardillo to restore the Oratory of S.S. Sacramento. Specus Corallii was built in seven months.

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany, Goethe–Universität — Dähne, Lausch, and Rudhof invited Cardillo to talk at the Deutsche Architekturmuseum. Special guest: Carolin Höfler.

LONDON, UK — Anna Winston unveiled Colour as a Narrative in

LONDON, UK — By invitation of Suzanne Trocmé, Cardillo designed the Illuminum’s Mayfair store at 41 Dover Street. Colour as a Narrative was built in two weeks.

BERLIN, Germany — Jeanette Kunsmann unveiled Crepuscular Green in BauNetz

CASTIGLIONE D/S, Italy — Cardillo designed a semi-detached house. Garda Lake House was built in three years with a final scheme altered by the owners.


LONDON, UK, Phaidon Edition — The volume Room: Inside Contemporary Interiors selected House of Dust as one of the world’s most exceptional spaces of the past five years. Opening feature of the promotional teaser.

LONDON, UK, Sir John Soane’s Museum — Abraham Thomas invited Cardillo to showcase his Min sculptures inside a cabinet of the Breakfast Room at 12 Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

ROME, Italy — Francesca Gottardo featured House of Dust in the Paolo Portoghesi magazine Abitare la Terra.

ROME, Italy — Klaus Mondrian commissioned Cardillo to refurbish the Mondrian Suite Art Gallery in San Lorenzo district. Crepuscular Green was built in three weeks.

LONDON, UK — Ana Araujo featured House of Dust in the RIBA Journal of Architecture.


LONDON, UK, AA School — Jack Self invited Cardillo to write a criticism for Fulcrum folio.

LONDON, UK, AA School — Ana Araujo, Takero Shimazaki, and Alexandra Savtchenko-Belskaia invited Cardillo to talk as part of the ‘Intermediate Unit 2’.

LONDON, UK — Amy Frearson featured House of Dust in

MILAN, Italy — Paolo Maria Noseda unveiled House of Dust in the Corriere della Sera magazine Casamica.


DORSET, UK, AA School — Ana Araujo and Takero Shimazaki invited Cardillo to talk with students of ‘Intermediate Unit 2’ at the Hooke Park campus.

ROME, Italy — Massimiliano Beffa commissioned Cardillo to refurbish his apartment in the Ludovisi district. House of Dust was built in nine months.

HAMBURG, Germany — Susanne Beyer interviewed Cardillo for Der Spiegel magazine. Article in editorial.

VIENNA, Austria — Peter Reicher launched the controversy over the Houses for No One series in Falter magazine.


LONDON, UK, Victoria & Albert Museum — By invitation of Suzanne Trocmé, Cardillo designed Postmodern Cafe, the London Design Festival’s dedicated entrance to the V&A’s exhibition Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970–90.


LONDON, UK, University of London — Ana Araujo invited Cardillo to discuss the work of his practice at the Chelsea College of Art.

LONDON, UK — Malaika Byng unveiled Akin to a Cinema Set in

MILAN, Italy — By invitation of Suzanne Trocmé, Cardillo designed the Sergio Rossi men’s store in the Brera district. Akin to a Cinema Set was built in ten days. Wallpaper* magazine editor-in-chief Tony Chambers commented: Cardillo is one of the most significant architects of our time.


TAKARAZUKA, Japan, 野村工務店 — Kenji Nomura commissioned Cardillo to design a detached house. The Inexact Quality was built in seven months.

LONDON, UK, The Horse Hospital — John Foxx invited Cardillo to showcase Ellipse 1501 House and the Tales of Light video along with artworks of diverse artists inspired by Foxx’s music.

LONDON, UK — Jonathan Bell and Ellie Stathaki selected Cardillo as one of the world’s 30 most talented young architectural practices of the year in Wallpaper* magazine.


The Houses for No One series was widely published in blogs, magazines and books around the world.

MELBOURNE, Australia — Livio and Nadia De Marchi commissioned Cardillo to design their dwelling in the Kew suburb. The house was never built. Out of the variances of the preliminary project, the Houses for No One series was completed: Concrete Moon House, House of Twelve and Purple House.


ROME, Italy — Cardillo designed Nude Tower on the Tiber Embankment.

WESTON-SUPER-MARE, UK — Cardillo took part in the RIBA competition for a landscape masterplan on the ruins of the Victorian luna park Birnbeck Island.

SYDNEY, Australia — Matt Hussey provoked debate over Ellipse 1501 House in

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

LONDON, UK — Gian Luca Amadei invited Cardillo to write a criticism for Blueprint magazine.

ROME, Italy — Kathrin Gramsdorff introduced the classical music journalist Charles Searson to Cardillo, who became his long-time English translator.


LONDON, UK — selected Dualistic House as one of the top 30 houses of the year.

ROME, Italy, University of Rome — Cesare Maria Casati invited Cardillo to contribute to his course of ‘Laboratorio di Allestimento I’ at the Faculty of Architecture Valle Giulia.


MILAN, Italy — Cardillo worked with Fabio Nonis and Carlo Alberto Maggiore.

ERICE, Italy — Pietro Maltese commissioned Cardillo to refurbish a semi-detached house. Dualistic House was built in ten years with a final scheme altered by the owners and the construction manager.

TRAPANI, Italy — was created.


PALERMO, Italy, Università di Palermo — After an early study thesis on Stanley Kubrick’s movie 2001: A Space Odyssey and the late 1960s, Cardillo graduated with an architectural project for Trapani Marina via supervisor Giovanni Sarta.

TRAPANI, Italy — Sante Crocé introduced Cardillo to the radiosity global illumination algorithm for CGI.


PALERMO, Italy, Università di Palermo — Cardillo studied Architecture under the guidance of professor Iolanda Lima.


TRAPANI, Italy — Cardillo learnt computer modelling and raytracing CGI through the Juha and Vesa Meskanen Real 3D software on the computer Amiga 500.

TRAPANI, Italy — Cardillo played videogames Labyrinth, Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken, Curse of the Azure Bonds and Ultima IV on the computer C=64.

TRAPANI, Italy — Cardillo learnt BASIC programming language through the computer VIC-20.

TRAPANI, Italy — Cardillo’s father founded the Cardillo Computer System software house and retail store of Texas Instruments, Sirius and Ericsson computers.


ERYX, Italy — Antonino Cardillo was born on May 18th 1975 as the first son of Salvatore Cardillo and Maria Angela Gammicchia.