When architecture is referred to as an art, the imagination cannot restricted to paper sketches and blue prints alone; it transcends what is visible on the screen. It is compelled to feel the romance of the architect with the space. From texture to materials used, from lighting to utilization of space, the architect uses his creative powers to build something so unique that soothes the eyes besides providing warmth to the hearts of those who choose to dwell in that space. It is like a poet’s dream in motion!
The young Antonino Cardillo has been recognized by Wallpaper* magazine as one of the best thirty new architectural practices from around the world. Based in Rome, he experiments with unexpressed valencies of history in a cohesive whole rich in meanings. Specializing in architecture, urban and interior design, Antonino Cardillo architect operates on a global scale and his distinctive overtures have won him wide acclaim for their curvaceous forms and intelligent use of natural materials.
Drawing energy and will from the inner conscious, the architect leaves no stone unturned to bring his own poem to life. 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. It is a medium to connect one soul with others, to help others connect with the rest. It is a dream that comes to life when a visitor stands there and marvels at how easily he can relate to that space. To bring this to life, various factors play major roles.
When asked what has been the major influence behind his work, Ar. Cardillo mentioned his birth place, Sicily, the largest island of the ancient Mediterranean sea. The dances of the light patterns, the gleaming floors, the textured walls and carefully crafted doors and windows breathe life into it. Often, the architect’s experiences in life, his sources of inspirations, his observations and interests add up a certain charm to a space that he chooses to create.
“For once, you may find the elements of my work predictable but each element gets a different meaning by its relationship with other connected elements. Through my architecture, I wish to create a new language using conventional element derived from the past like double walls, large vaults, concrete and apses.”