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Collection of writings of and on the architect organised into thematic chapters

Of the architect



Architect’s articles

Takero Shimazaki: colori nelle ombre

By Antonino Cardillo

Inside, short corridors hide rather than reveal. The second passage, to the left, reveals the architecture in its deeper nature, not pertaining to magnitude but to proportion.

Casabella, no. 895, Milan, March 2019, p. 32.

From Zak McKracken to House of Dust

By Antonino Cardillo

This game, and a few others, were an invitation to destroy that reality. They indicated a possibility: to believe in another story.

Rome Video Game Lab 2019, Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Rome, 11 May 2019.

Vaults, grottoes, arches and polychromy

By Antonino Cardillo

The ‘words’ Vault, Grotto and Arch still inhabit our imagination. They embody archetypes that still move us today.

Heinze ArchitekTOUR Kongress, STATION-Berlin, Berlin, 23 Nov. 2017.

False friend

By Antonino Cardillo

Any act of beauty is a shard of love en route for a stranger.

Baunetzwoche, no. 403, BauNetz, Berlin, March 2015, p. 25.

Architecture as entertainment

By Antonino Cardillo

Through architecture, I try to give voice to interrupted tales from the past, to resurrect stories that have been erased by the discourse of power.

Fulcrum, no. 77, AA School Press, London, 18 Nov. 2013, p. 1.

Architecture is dust

By Antonino Cardillo

Architecture is dust.
Dust that becomes form,
Dust transfigured by the mind.

House of Dust, Rome, May 2013, p. 7.

James Stirling

By Antonino Cardillo

At a certain time on his creative path, though, Stirling swapped part of his modernist vocabulary for more historical references.

Blueprint, no. 299, London, Feb. 2011, pp. 58.

MAXXI: poppies for a fortress

By Antonino Cardillo

Can some colourful spots redeem architecture’s failures?

archpaper.com, New York, 29 July 2011 [censored article].

Is Massimiliano Fuksas a classicist?

By Antonino Cardillo

A classicist sets an objective before starting work, trying to stay as close as possible to it.

Design Today, vol. IX, no. 11, New Delhi, Aug. 2010, p. 76.

Architecture and reverberation

By Antonino Cardillo

Sometimes architecture is all the more interesting, the more invisible or concealed it is.

Tasarim, no. 194, Istanbul, Aug. 2009, p. 91.

Rome and Hadrian’s Villa

By Antonino Cardillo

Beauty always has a bastard quality and sometimes the most profound, truest art lies in the distortion of reality.

Design Today, vol. VIII, no. 5, New Delhi, Feb. 2009, p. 91.

Villa-Atelier di Maurizio Betta

By Antonino Cardillo

La Storia insegna che, spesso, personaggi ed opere di rilievo sono riconosciuti dalla storiografia solo dopo molti decenni e, di contro, non sempre opere che riscuotono consenso nell’immediato, appaiono rilevanti in una prospettiva storica.

Il Giornale dell’Architettura, no. 53, Turin, July 2007, p. 18.


By Antonino Cardillo

The history of man has developed through continuous interaction between different cultures. It often happens that the dominant take possession of the submissive, managing to disguise the process by rewriting history.

Blueprint, no. 256, London, July 2007, p. 58.

Egypt and immortality lost

By Antonino Cardillo

Here History was undoubtedly born. But its opposite was also born, namely the possibility of changing the truth by re-writing history.

Ulisse, no. 279, Alitalia, Rome, Nov. 2007, p. 15.

Valencia: the white laguna and history

By Antonino Cardillo

Today, in Calatrava’s white laguna, history seems to be placated.

Ulisse, no. 274, Alitalia, Rome, June 2007, p. 18.

Barcellona: too modern to miss

By Antonino Cardillo

From East to West, these places are apparently marginal, and despite their natural contradictions, they tell how Barcelona has courageously founded its rebirth on a contemporary architecture project.

Ulisse, no. 271, Alitalia, Rome, March 2007, p. 22.



Architect’s Q&A interviews (interview articles in the ‘On the architect’ section)

Intervista con Antonino Cardillo

By Antonino Cardillo

È come cercare di creare una storia impossibile. Una storia che è stata distrutta o che forse non è mai esistita.

The Trail Blazers, ed. Federico Chiarello and Antonio Mistretta, ZAK Radio, Trapani, 20 Apr. 2017.

Reality doesn’t exist

By Antonino Cardillo

If you have power, you can influence other people. If you love, you destroy yourself.

DEAR Magazin, no. 1, ed. Jeanette Kunsmann and Stephan Burkoff, Berlin, Apr. 2017, p. 79.

Punta Tipa

By Antonino Cardillo

My youth was populated with symbols which came from an ancient past. My imagination was also moulded by the desires of people that inhabited the island long time ago.

Odda, no. 11, ed. Zurain Imam, New York, Sept. 2016, p. 427.

Italian touch

By Antonino Cardillo

Ora ci mettono i faretti, ma un tempo c’erano gli affreschi.

Living, n. 1/2, ed. Elisabetta Colombo and Paola Menaldo, Corriere della Sera, Milan, Feb. 2015, p. 83.

Incontro con l’architetto nella Casa della Polvere

By Antonino Cardillo

Ma lei ha mentito. L’arte è una menzogna.

Radio 3 Suite, ed. Andrea Penna, RAI Radio 3, Rome, 6 June 2013.

We are mirrors of one another

By Antonino Cardillo

The sacrifice of just one is better than the corruption of the many. It was valid for Piranesi, it was valid for Sottsass when he went into the desert, and it is valid for me.

Opere, no. 32, ed. Stefano Mirti and Gioia Guerzoni, Florence, Oct. 2012, p. 54.


By Antonino Cardillo


Interior Architecture of China, ed. Helen Geng Haizhen, Beijing, Nov. 2011, p. 68.

Taking a position

By Antonino Cardillo

There is fear within us, and that which we don’t accept in others is often a reflection of our character.

build Das Architekten-Magazin, no. 5/11, ed. Ralf Ferdinand Broekman and Olaf Winkler, Wuppertal, Oct. 2011, pp. 44‑51.

La promesa consolidada

By Antonino Cardillo

Prefiero los arquitectos del pasado. Los actuales, salvo algunos, son sólo negocio y marketing.

freelanceviajera.blogspot.it, ed. Teresa Morales-García, Avila, Jan. 2011.

A heartfelt architecture

By Antonino Cardillo

My works are often portraits of the people I’ve loved.

Slurp, no. 8, ed. Roberto Santoro, Milan, Aug. 2010, p. 59.

Values transcending time

By Antonino Cardillo

Why Rome? Perhaps for voluntary exile. To create I need silence and distance.

build Das Architekten-Magazin, no. 4/10, ed. Ralf Ferdinand Broekman and Olaf Winkler, Wuppertal, Aug. 2010, pp. 41‑47.


By Antonino Cardillo

这些房子就像一个个星球观 测站,不停地在它们的墙上记录着天气的万千变化。

The Outlook Magazine, no. 82, ed. Daniel Qiu, Guangzhou, Feb. 2009, p. 44.

Emotional space

By Antonino Cardillo

Can you give us the definition of ‘Be The Best’ in your personal dictionary? Having the courage to discover ourselves through others.

B1 Magazine, no. 15, ed. Jakkrit Angsutti, Bangkok, Jan. 2009, pp. 94‑99.

Una torre

By Antonino Cardillo

Accadde un tardo pomeriggio,  ⁠avevo diciassette anni. Vedendo in campagna una piccola costruzione per l’elettricità, pensai a quanto sarebbe stato bello abitare in cima ad una torre. Il giorno dopo comprai un dizionario d’architettura e passai l’estate leggendolo, come si fa con un libro che racconta di paesi lontani.

demaniore.com, ed. Luca De Giuseppe, Il Sole 24 Ore Casa, Milan, Jan. 2009.

On the architect



Writings by other authors mainly related to the architectural projects Specus Corallii and Off Club

Brave new Italian world

By Karin Van Opstal

De Siciliaanse architect Antonino Cardillo weet met zijn baanbrekende, haast archetypische oeuvre eeuwenoude culturen en beschavingen met elkaar te verloven.

Villas, no. 107, Brussels, 6 Sept. 2021, p. 70.

Typology: Nightclub

By Tom Wilkinson

These hieratic forms create an atmosphere of slightly menacing mystery —⁠ ⁠one could expect a Mithraic rite to begin at any moment.

The Architectural Review, no. 1470, London, Apr. 2020, p. 44.


By Eva Gründel and Heinz Tomek

Auf Sizilien sind neben antiken Tempeln, normannischen Domen und barocken Palazzi inzwischen auch spannende Beispiele moderner Architektur zu bewundern wie z.B. Antonino Cardillos Specus Corallii in Trapani.

Sizilien, DuMont Reiseverlag, Ostfildern, 5 Sept. 2019, media release.

Architecture and Eroticism

By Evdoxia Karageorgi and Konstantina Vasileiadou

We cannot decide whether Specus Corallii looks more like emerging from the depths of the ocean or whether it is the image of the ocean itself which on the distant horizon coincides with the sky as if they are reaching their love-making peak.

‘Specus Corallii’, in Architecture and Eroticism. An Imaginary Wandering, thesis, Tutor Apostolos Kalfopoulos, School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, June 2019, pp. 80‑117.

Architecture of the unconscious

By Akshaya Muralikumar

Inspired by Swiss Psychologist Carl Gustav Jung, he is constantly reaching out for the ‘architecture of the unconscious’.

re-thinkingthefuture.com, New Delhi, 10 Aug. 2019.

Archetypes of imagery

By Lucia Galli

This is a strong reference to the archetype, one which is considered as the need to return to the origin of things.

Abitare la Terra, no. 49, Rome, June 2019, p. 38.


By Radja Nainggolan

Questo è il ristorante più bello di Roma.

@radja_nainggolan_l4, Instagram, Rome, 4 March 2019.

Saturday selects

By Monica Khemsurov

The Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo just unveiled his latest masterpiece, the Off Club in Rome.

sightunseen.com, New York, 22 Sept. 2018.

Die Symmetrie der Nacht

By Tim Berge

Ein dunkles Paradies aus Schatten, Spiegeln und Symmetrien.

DEAR Magazin, no. 4/18, Berlin, Dec. 2018, p. 34.


By Brianna Ruland

This space evokes love and loss, nostalgia, melancholy, and life’s most essential inaudible philosophies. Most importantly, this long dark cave can certainly be trusted.

[email], ed. Matt Edwards, San Luis Obispo, 29 March 2018.

Evocazione astrazione illusione

By Jean-Marie Martin

Gli spazi che ha progettato rendono palese l’incolmabile distanza che li separa da quanto evocano —⁠ ⁠essendo peraltro la misurazione della lontananza il significato più proprio dell’evocazione.

Casabella, no. 879, Milan, Nov. 2017, p. 30.


By Xia Shu

西西里岛是一个神奇而美妙的地方,那里有黑手党,有美丽传说,有大片的橄榄树林和撒在小镇和沙滩上的阳光。以及……我最喜欢的意大利建筑师——Antonino Cardillo?

zhuanlan.zhihu.com, Beijing, 3 Aug. 2017.


By Mrinalini Ghadiok

Antonino Cardillo challenges the very norms of the architectural process as we have popularly come to know it.

Mondo*Arc India, no. 15, New Delhi, July 2017, p. 51.

The haven of memory

By Francesca Gottardo

The wooden inlay in the oratory floor, […] represents the final destination in the journey and expresses the peaceful stability of a safe haven.

Abitare la Terra, no. 41, Rome, May 2017, p. 46.


By Andreas Kühnlein

Antonino Cardillo hat sich einer Bauform mit jahrhundertelanger Tradition verschrieben: der künstlichen Grotte, die er in zeitgemäße Formen übersetzt. Ableger seiner poetischen Raume gibt es in London und Rom. Der jüngste entstand nun auf Sizilien.

AD Architectural Digest, no. 178, Munich, Apr. 2017, p. 163.

Un’architettura che guarda al futuro e che ha profonde radici nel passato

By Luigi Frudà and Sebastiano Costantino

Trapani ha guadagnato di recente una nuova perla per il suo centro storico. Nel 2016 si è concluso il lavoro di restauro e di totale ri-progettazione architettonica di un vecchissimo e storico edificio situato in Via Generale Domenico Giglio, 12, a due passi dalla Cattedrale di S. Lorenzo Martire.

Strenna d’Agosto 2016, La Ragnatela, Rome, March 2017, pp. 305‑307.

Architektur als Rausch

By Jeanette Kunsmann

Antonino Cardillo beherrscht die Kunst, durch Räume und Materialien Geschichten zu erzählen: Die Welt bleibt ein Labyrinth aus Erinnerungen, der Architekt ist ein Zeitreisender —⁠ ⁠und Architektur wird zum Rausch.

designlines.de, BauNetz, Berlin, 29 Nov. 2016.

Un’anima per la Sala Laurentina

By Mariza D’Anna

A fondale, una nicchia come un mihrab: “nell’idea dell’architettura come dimensione sacra ed universale.”

La Sicilia, Catania, 28 Oct. 2016, p. 13.

Coarse coral-pink plaster

By Jessica Mairs

Italian architect Antonino Cardillo has coated the walls of a vaulted chamber-music and events space in lumpy coral-pink, grey and green plasterwork.

dezeen.com, London, 26 Oct. 2016.

Lo Specus Corallii di Antonino Cardillo

By Peppe Occhipinti

La scabrosità della pozzolana, utilizzata per millenni come rivestimento, annulla, con i suoi effetti chiaroscurali dovuti alla particolare tecnica della stesura a rinzaffo, lo stacco degli angoli di congiunzione tra il tetto e le pareti, evocando la qualità aerea di una volta che il luogo sacro doveva un tempo possedere.

[email], Trapani, 24 Oct. 2016.

Ancestral images


Writings by other authors related to part of the series of architecture projects Grottoes: Colour as a Narrative, Crepuscular Green, and House of Dust

New retail scenarios

By Valeria Maria Iannilli

It is a poem, an indelible experience that evokes powerful memories.

Retail and Service Experience Design for CCIs, DigiMooD MOOCs, Politecnico di Milano, 9 Feb. 2021.

Inherent color and material color

By Kerstin Schultz, Hedwig Wiedemann-Tokarz, and Eva Maria Herrmann

The alienation of the material using the devices of color and texture surprises and, at the same time, generates a feeling of security.

Thinking Color in Space: Positions, Projects, Potentials, Birkhäuser, Berlin‑Basel, Dec. 2018, p. 342.

Lumira favourite works

By Annie Carroll

His understanding of space and balance has resulted in some of the most influential interiors of recent times.

atelierlumira.com, Sydney, 22 Jan. 2018.

Saturday selects

By Monica Khemsurov

Cardillo is the guy behind one of our favorite interiors projects in recent memory, the House of Dust.

sightunseen.com, New York, 22 Apr. 2017.

L’architecture est un songe

By Sipane K-Hoh

Cette œuvre architecturale aussi inattendue soit-elle traduit un certain dualisme où les formes ordonnées du contenant se heurtent aux imperfections des contenus.

detailsdarchitecture.com, Paris, 28 Nov. 2016.

The architect of a generation

By Eve

Successful architect, Antonino Cardillo has confirmed his place in contemporary design history with, among other things, a series of avant-garde aesthetic projects.

promostyl.com, Paris, 24 Nov. 2017.

Nova geração

By Pierre Yovanovitch

É o arquiteto mais radical na minha seleção. Ele cria tensão e uma atmosfera forte. Ele tem uma noção afiada do design de interiores.

Bamboo, no. 61, São Paulo, Aug. 2016, p. 33.

A shop with no products in sight

By Jessica Cooper

Somewhere on Dover Street, […] there lies a fairy tale grotto filled with tranquillity and calm.

Eclectic, no. AW15, Paris, Sept. 2015, p. 160.

Betörende Schlichtheit

By Achim Meissner

Die Parfümerie Illuminum in London empfängt ihre Kundschaft in einem Laden, der mit allen Kauf- und Sehgewohnheiten der Luxusklasse bricht.

handelsjournal, no. 9/15, Düsseldorf, Sept. 2015.

Da nobis hodie incantum quotidianum

By Ana Araujo

Egyptian? Greek? Roman? It doesn’t really matter, because once these ancestral images are deposited in our unconscious they are emptied of their historical specificity.

Design Exchange, no. 12, London, Aug. 2015, p. 109.

Scent and texture

By Anna Winston

Italian architect Antonino Cardillo has created a multi-sensory space for experiencing and buying fragrance by coating a room inside an old London building with volcanic ash.

dezeen.com, London, 6 May 2015.

Being in shape / shaping environments

By Sophia Klinkenberg

Cardillo links shadows and mysteries to the creation of a sense of eroticism.

Being in shape / shaping environments, thesis, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, The Hague, May 2015.

Stories of other rooms

By Beppe Finessi

A new author who has carved out a place entirely his own in the history of this discipline within just a few years.

Stanze: Altre Filosofie dell’Abitare [exhibition], XXI Triennale, Milan, Apr. 2016.

Architettura di polvere

By Francesca Gottardo

Una dimensione apparentemente fuori dal tempo, che qui sembra essersi fermato o mai trascorso, sospeso, immobile.

Abitare la Terra, no. 37, Rome, March 2015, p. 50.

Götterdämmerung in Rom

By Jeanette Kunsmann

Mit 40 Quadratmetern eher überschaubar, hat der Architekt die Galerie in einen sakralen Raum verwandelt —⁠ ⁠und eine mutige Abwechslung zum ewigen White Cube geschaffen.

designlines.de, BauNetz, Berlin, 24 Feb. 2015.

Italian touch

By Francesca Taroni

Antonino Cardillo si concentra sulle potenzialità del soffitto.

Living, no. 1/2, Corriere della Sera, Milan, Feb. 2015, p. 13.

Postmodern room

By Nacho Alegre

It instantly brought back memories of the best postmodern, neoclassical architecture that I was revisiting at the time —⁠ ⁠Bofill, Moneo, Tusquets —⁠ ⁠but with a more personal and very contemporary view.

Room: Inside Contemporary Interiors, Phaidon, London, Oct. 2014, p. 64.

לא הולך בתלם

מאת: חיים קפון

קרדילו פורץ גבולות, מנתץ תבניות מוכרות ויוצק לעבודותיו אופי אינדיבידואלי יחודי עם שפה חדשה המבוססת על עקרונות קלאסיים. עם כל זאת, ברור למדי ששפה אסתטית חדשה זו אינה פשוטה לעיכול ולהבנה, ואינה מיועדת לכל אחד, היא רחוקה מאוד מהמיינסטרים, עמוקה, שונה ואחרת, כדרכן של יצירות פורצות דרך.

Trend, no. 141, Tel Aviv, March 2014, p. 180.

Decorative ceilings

By Jenny Dalton

It is purposely reminiscent of all kinds of subliminal historical references, in particular the vault of very early architecture.

How to Spend It, Financial Times, London, March 2014, p. 71.

Feeling through sight

By Ana Araujo

Cardillo’s architecture promotes the sensorial mobilisation envisioned by Benjamin as a potential force for social / political transformation.

The Journal of Architecture, vol. 19, no. 1, RIBA, London, Jan. 2014, p. 15.

Domestic philosophy

By Riya Patel

In place of abundant natural light and designer furnishings are gloomy cavernous spaces characterized by a grainy ceiling of pozzolanic plaster, tinted the colour of dust.

Frame, no. 95, Amsterdam, Nov. 2013, p. 58.

Morada de lo efímero

By Sandra Bermudez

El arquitecto siciliano se sirve del color para ilustrar el camino de la humanidad: “de la gruta a la rosa” como expresión máxima de lo sublime.

Folio, vol. 4, Mexico City, Oct. 2013, p. 42.

A Roman theatre of light

By Felix Mara

An apartment interior in Rome’s Via Veneto, glamorised by Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, the House of Dust serves as an ideal springboard for fanciful lighting effects and architectural narrative.

Architects’ Journal Specification, London, Oct. 2013, pp. 4, 50‑55, cover.

A courageous project

By Dana Tomić Hughes

This is a courageous project with a fresh aesthetic and a unique vision. It’s the kind of interior that creates new trends, memes and movements.

yellowtrace.com.au, Sydney, 27 Sept. 2013.

Сборная италии

By Aleksandra Sheveleva

Архитектура существует для того, чтобы налаживать мосты между противоречиями.

Grazia, no. 30, Moscow, 17 Sept. 2013, p. 70.

Primordial caverns

By Mitchell Oakley Smith

As one of the world’s most exciting architects, Antonino Cardillo draws on classical and ancient architectural forms to create spaces that feel entirely new.

mroakleysmith.com, Sydney, Aug. 2013.

Haus aus Staub

By Tim Berge

Für den Architekten wird Architektur an der Stelle spannend, wo sie „unsichtbar wird oder etwas verbirgt“ und an der Grenze „zum Traum“ existiert —⁠ ⁠mit seinem Haus aus Staub hat er genau das in die Wirklichkeit umgesetzt.

designlines.de, BauNetz, Berlin, 13 Aug. 2013.

House of Dust

By Amy Frearson

Italian architect Antonino Cardillo used roughly textured plaster to create lumpy brown surfaces across the upper walls and ceilings of this apartment in Rome.

dezeen.com, London, 5 Aug. 2013.

Una casa una visione

By Paolo Maria Noseda

Un ingresso laterale svela un salone che, come una maschera greca improvvisamente indossata dal visitatore, proietta e attira l’attenzione su due finestre rastremate: un paio di occhi sul mondo.

Casamica, no. 3/13, Corriere della Sera, Milan, June 2013, p. 77.

Greto mare arcaico

By Federico Caruso

Una nuova tessera s’aggiunge al fitto mosaico, resta distante e galleggia anch’essa in quel cielo bianco immoto e romano.

[email], Florence, 14 Apr. 2013.



Writings by other authors related to the simulated reality phenomenon of the series of architecture projects Seven Houses for No One

Der Architekt als Maerchenerzaehler

By Kirsten Wenzel

Abgesehen von der unfreiwilligen Ironie, dass in beiden Hochstaplergeschichten der Spiegel auftritt, einmal als Ankläger und einmal als Beschuldigter, unterscheiden sie sich allerdings fundamental.

competitionline.com, Berlin, 17 Jan. 2019.

Architecture and truth

By Jeanette Kunsmann with Stephan Burkoff

Cardillo has created a labyrinth of truths and illusions. It is a novella with multiple layers. […] There is no one truth —⁠ ⁠reality: it doesn’t exist. Antonino Cardillo has built it.

DEAR Magazin, no. 1, Berlin, Apr. 2017, p. 84.

Hyper desire

By Carolin Höfler

Nachdem die Darstellungen als Wunschbilder enthüllt waren, entgegnete er: „Sehen Sie es einfach wie eine literarische Erzählung, […] ein Märchen. Da ist es auch nicht wichtig, dass die Dinge tatsächlich passiert sind.“

Paper presented to the Wunsch, Technische Hochschule Köln, Cologne, 1 June 2016.

Über die mediatisierte Repräsentation von Architektur

By Gérard Houllard

Tatsächlich hat Cardillo hier im Kern Recht, denn wie auch dieser Aufsatz zeigen wollte, können Bilder von unrealisierten und utopischen Architekturen zum festen Bestandteil der Architekturgeschichte werden und diese nicht unwesentlich beeinflussen.

iacsa.eu, vol. 4, no. 1, Basel, May 2013, p. 11.

Die Entkoppelung von Entwurf und Darstellung

By Daniel Lordick

Es war einmal ein junger Architekt, der auszog, um die Welt zu erobern. […] Seine Architektur existierte lediglich als Simulation.

Competition, no. 2, Berlin, Oct. 2012, p. 78.

Geht’s noch ohne Hochstapelei?

By Carl Zillich

Dabei hält Cardillo, der alle diese Presseberichte akribisch auf seiner Website aufführt, den Architekturmedien doch nur den Spiegel vor und verweist auf ein grundlegendes Problem: Wie sollen junge Architekten an einen Bauherren geraten, ohne vorher veröffentlicht zu haben?

bkult.de, Berlin, 10 Sept. 2012.

Alles nur Gerendert und Jetzt?

By Christian Holl

Oder die, wie wir uns über die Medien heute unsere Realität aus dem Materiellen und dem Imaginären konstruieren und welche Konsequenzen das hat. Keine einfachen Fragen, wahrlich. Wenn der Fall Cardillo nun dazu diente, wenigstens wieder eine dieser Fragen ernsthaft zu diskutieren, hätte er vielleicht mehr für den Architekturdiskurs getan, als die, die meinen, immer schon die Antwort auf sie zu haben.

german-architects.com, Stuttgart, 29 July 2012.

Phantasie und Wirklichkeit

By Gabriele Detterer

Im Übrigen sei Architektur schon immer auch ephemer und virtuell gewesen, erklärt er. Von Palladio bis Schinkel, von Sant’Elia bis Mies van der Rohe hätten Baukünstler mit Ideen in Form von Surrogaten die Architekturentwicklung beeinflusst und die Realität verändert.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, no. 164, Zurich, 17 July 2012, p. 40.

Hochstapler: Romische Ruinen

By Susanne Beyer

Als Felix Krull jung war, dachte er lange darüber nach, ob er die Welt klein oder groß sehen solle. Seiner „Natur gemäß“ habe er dann in seinem späteren Leben „die Welt für eine große und unendlich verlockende Erscheinung geachtet.“ Er wurde der glücklichste Hochstapler der Literaturgeschichte.

Der Spiegel, no. 27/12, Hamburg, 2 July 2012, p. 121.

Schöner Klonen

By Peter Reischer

Gefragt, ob die Fotos echt seien, gibt es die knappe Antwort: „I am an artist and as an artist I manipulate reality!“

Falter, no. 19/12, Vienna, 9 May 2012, p. 31.



Writings by other authors related to the professional collaboration of the architect with the magazine that also include the commissioned architectural projects House for Wallpaper*, Akin to a Cinema Set, and Postmodern Cafe, and Colours as a Narrative

Outstanding spaces around the globe

By Ellie Stathaki

The project had a limited budget, but what it may lack in scale, it makes up in creative ambition.

wallpaper.com, London, 7 Juy 2021.

Roman empire

By Suzanne Trocmé

A long-time Wallpaper* collaborator, Antonino Cardillo’s latest oeuvre marks a defining moment for the Sicilian architect.

wallpaper.com, London, 17 Sept. 2018.

Perfume brand Illuminum explores realm of scent through architecture

By Emma Moore

Visitors can remove the cork stoppers to sample the fragrances, and in an environment stripped of colour, graphics, names, ingredients, the scents are able to capture their full attention, the essences being perceived purely intuitively.

wallpaper.com, London, 13 May 2015.

A whistle-stop tour of the world’s best interiors

By Ali Morris

Fashion photographer Nacho Alegre's highlights include a number of characterful residential projects, such as Antonino Cardillo's House of Dust in Rome.

wallpaper.com, London, 16 Oct. 2014.

Style and subversion

By London Design Festival

To complement the V&A’s keynote exhibition Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970‑90, the LDF invites you to the specially commissioned Postmodern Cafe, designed by architect Antonino Cardillo.

The London Design Festival 2011, London, Sept. 2011, p. 183.


By Massimo Locci

Nella fase realizzativa si attua un processo di decantazione di segni e una sistematizzazione del metodo così efficace che il linguaggio appare chiarito e rafforzato.

L’Architetto Italiano, no. 42, Rome, Apr. 2011, p. 31.

Wallpaper* and Sergio Rossi unveil an ephemeral boutique in Milan

By Malaika Byng

Wallpaper* and luxury footwear brand Sergio Rossi stepped up the fashion game during the Salone del Mobile by launching an ephemeral men’s shoe boutique in Milan, designed by acclaimed Sicilian architect Antonino Cardillo.

wallpaper.com, London, 19 Apr. 2010.

La folie des pop-up stores

By Frédéric Martin-Bernard

Si la mode des boutiques éphémères peut laisser perplexe, le pop-up store de Sergio Rossi […] a pour objectif de dévoiler des nouvelles pointures locales du design.

‘La mode se pique de design’, Le Figaro, Paris, 17 Apr. 2010.

Men’s footwear world tour

By Tony Chambers

Cardillo is one of the most significant architects of our time.

Men’s footwear world tour [media release], Sergio Rossi‑Wallpaper*, Milan, March 2010.

Wallpaper* architects directory

By Johnatan Bell and Ellie Stathaki

Rather than simply report on the newest firms to flash onto our radar, Wallpaper* has commissioned 30 of the finest young architects to design their ideal home.

Wallpaper*, no. 125, London, Aug. 2009, p. 78.

Remote places


Writings by other authors related to the series of architecture projects Seven Houses for No One

Top inspiring Palermo interior designers

By Nicole Lawrence

Each of his designs is both fierce and empowering as if he could turn each project into a living, breathing being. Truly a lifeforce to behold.

rugsociety.eu, Rio Tinto, 18 March 2021.

Sicilian visitors

By Francesco Rocco Ruggeri

We present a few brief snippets of some modern architects and their work in Sicily.

Sicilian Visitors —⁠ ⁠Culture, vol. 2, Lulu, New Brunswick, July 2018, p. 324.

The memories within architecture

By Andrea Chiu

Since Antonino Cardillo is hailed as an impressionist architect, then we should indeed talk about Impressionism.

Ravenel, no. 6, Taipei City, Aug. 2013, pp. 70‑73.

The Norman legacy

By Devyani Jayakar

Differently from the [William Morris’] Red House in London which represents the search for a national British identity, Purple House tries to recall the forgotten routes between Mediterranean and Britain shorelines.

Inside Outside, no. 315, Mumbai, Sept. 2011, pp. 147‑148.

Romance with space

By Vertica Dvivedi

Romance with space works when the architect locates and positions his thoughts not merely in the physical, but emotional, cultural and social space as well.

Surfaces Reporter, New Delhi, June 2011, pp. 36‑41.

Stejnost a jinakost

By Lucie Červená

„V současné architektuře se často maskuje nedostatek nápadu použitím ohromujících materiálů. Dnešní architektura mě nezajímá,“ říká architekt. „Fascinuje mě architektura stará, kterou nemůžeme zcela pochopit a podněcuje tak naši představivost.“.

Projekt, no. 9/10, Prague, Sept. 2010, pp. 28‑37.

Ein Haus wie ein Tanz

By Judith Jenner

Der traditionelle andalusische Flamenco hat viele Künstler inspiriert: Federico García Lorca zu Gedichten, Pablo Picasso zu Gemälden und Skulpturen —⁠ ⁠und den jungen italienischen Architekten Antonino Cardillo zu einem Haus.

H.O.M.E., no. 2/10, Berlin, Feb. 2010, p. 126.

Minimalist mansion takes inspiration from the moon

By Lucy Foster

Whoever says that Australia lacks culture hasn’t met the client who commissioned this exemplary home.

ShortList, no. 109, London, Jan. 2010, p. 8.

Poetry of space

By Ridhi Kale

So, if Homer had his Iliad and Odyssey, Rome based architect Antonino Cardillo has the homes he builds across the globe, interpreting his clients’ “most hidden and irrational wishes.”

Home, India Today, Mumbai, Jan. 2010, p. 47.

Physical poetry

By Thomson Carpenter

The first to admit to being a dreamer, Cardillo concedes to inhabiting a virtual world, a parallel universe, moreover describing his fall into architecture as a chance happening.

DNA, no. 119, Sydney, Dec. 2009, p. 105.

Rise of the new titans

By Rohan Yung

According to the Almanac of Architecture & Design, these are some of the world’s top new architectural wonders.

Going Places, Malaysia Airlines, Kuala Lumpur, May 2009, pp. 44‑45.

A world of wonder

By Ramia Habchy

The play of light within the convex walls of this house create a romantic aura that envelopes visitors and transports them into a world of wonder at the inspired superiority that made this beautifully shaped structure possible.

Touch Decor, Beirut, Oct. 2008, p. 58.

The house that clutter forgot

By Matt Hussey

We’d all like a bit more space around the house. We’re not talking Changing Rooms-style wall hangings and naff trompe l’oeil —⁠ ⁠we mean golf club-swinging, echo-inducing caverns that make you wish you’d mastered acrobatic gymnastics whenever you walk into them.

ShortList, no. 52, London, Oct. 2008, p. 6.

Flamenco y arquitectura

By Devyani Jayakar

In a profession full of flamboyant empresarios, meet Italian architect Antonino Cardillo. Which is not to say, however, that his creations are not flamboyant. You can eulogise, criticise or analyse them, but you certainly can’t ignore them .

Inside Outside, no. 280, Mumbai, Oct. 2008, p. 119.

More temple than dwelling

By Devyani Jayakar

His homes are more nearly temple than dwelling, and they reward aesthetic contemplation before they fulfil domestic necessity.

Home Review, vol. 7, no. 5, Mumbai, Sept. 2008, p. 72.

Pustka do mieszkania

By Anna Krenz

Przemijający czas pozostawia jednak wnętrza takimi samymi, stwarzając tylko tymczasowe widowisko, podczas którego gra kolorów i światła staje się przestrzenią samą w sobie.

Vox Design, no. 8, Warsaw, Feb. 2008, pp. 54‑57.

Антонино Кардильо

By Jordan Krosnakov

Eдва стъпили в мащабните, Вeдри пространства на сградиme, проектирани om него, то ни улавя и повлича В едно изключително пътешествие.

Мебелен Дизайн, no. 5/07, Sofia, Oct. 2007, pp. 104‑109.

Celestial vision

By Devyani Jayakar

Magnetising the eye from the very moment you view the enormous sweeping curves in the living room, the architecture appears to be the harbinger of an epochal change in Italy’s post imperial design history.

Home Review, vol. 6, no. 5, Mumbai, Sept. 2007, p. 60.

My concrete heart

By Jana Martin

It functions as observatory. It makes slides of the moon. It considers the Earth’s place in the universe.

moli.com, New York, July 2007.

Ellipse 1501

By Matt Hussey

This new house designed by Antonino Cardillo has stumped us good and proper.

thecoolhunter.com, Sydney, July 2007.