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The making of Rome’s Off Club lecture part of the Inside/Out series curated by student representatives Yara Boulos and Riccardo Rizzetto from the Royal College of Art Interior Design department

Royal College of Art


Inside/Out is a series of lectures curated and organised by the student reps in Interior Design. Each year students choose and arrange for the speakers, practices, thinkers, writers, artists and designers they want to see.

  • 25 November: We Made That
  • 18 November: Turner Works
  • 11 November: AOC Architecture
  • 28 October: Hawkins\Brown
  • 7 October: Michael Marriott
  • 21 May: Andrea Santamarina
  • 2 April: Harry Nuriev
  • 26 March: India Mahdavi
  • 12 March: Robert Storey
  • 28 February: Flores y Prats
  • 19 February: Casson Mann
  • 12 February: Katherine Skellon
  • 5 February: Martin Ebert
  • 22 January: Antonino Cardillo

The making of Rome’s Off Club

The Off Club in Rome is a restaurant bar built over the past two years. In this conference I will discuss the process that led to its realisation. This project is about how the Psyche is involved in the body of architecture. My speech will therefore be divided into three parts: Vision, Construction, Identification. To realise a conscious architectural project, it is my custom to personally develop the entire creative process, which from the project leads to the representation through the construction of the work. This mode of operation leads to a different result. The Off Club project, therefore, transcends the ordinary function of the restaurant bar and tells my point of view on the world. […]

Antonino Cardillo at the Royal College of Art lecture theatre 1

Antonino Cardillo, ‘The making of Rome’s Off Club’, Inside/Out, Lecture Theatre 1, Royal College of Art, South Kensington, London, 22 Jan. 2019. Photography: Riccardo Rizzetto

RCA Inside/Out poster on Antonino Cardillo

RCA’s Inside/Out lecture series poster ‘Antonino Cardillo’. Graphic design: James Watts