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The body of work by architect Antonino Cardillo is composed of a selection of images and writings, organized into thematic chapters and arranged by date in reverse order with topics. The dates indicate the day of production of the images. The design and possible completion of the construction are therefore prior

Threshold of twilight


Series of projects on architecture as an interpretation, exploring the liminal spaces between light and darkness. These projects capture the fleeting moments when day transitions into night, evoking a sense of mystery that blurs the boundaries of reality

Elogio del Grigio

Elogio del Grigio

Castiglione delle Stiviere, 12 October 2023

Villa near to Lake Garda

Anthropology in architecture

Museo Agostino Peopoli, 26 May 2023

Even if they are small works, I believe that in this historical moment it is more important to focus on the method. After all, even a book, despite occupying a small physical space, can have a significant impact.

Conversation with Paolo Portoghesi

Calcata, 22 May 2023

Through a small passage, I enter a long living room with a trompe‑l’oeil façade that frames—inside a perspective of arches—an imaginary landscape.

Memories for Cruising

Memories for Cruising

Parma, 26 May 2021

Apartment near the train station



Marsala, 16 May 2021

Saline Ettore e Infersa wharf for the Motya island



Series of projects on architecture as a sacred dimension, conjuring memories, emotions and cultural references. These projects draw inspiration from music and cinema, resonating with nostalgia, symbolism and a connection with the depths of the human psyche

A synchronicity of cultures and civilisations

Dessau Institute of Architecture, 13 November 2019

These works explore the idea of a sacred universe, where cultures and civilisations, ancient and recent, come together in singularities that tell of how the Psyche has diversified and projected its contents in the different eras and different places of the world.

The making of Rome’s Off Club

Royal College of Art, 22 January 2019

According to Jung, the alchemical process of the philosopher’s stone that led to gold was the unconscious projection of an instance of spiritual and therefore psychological transformation.⁠ After the acquisitions of the Depth Psychology we can therefore reread and reinterpret the phenomenology of the sacred in a different way. This content is not exclusively about religion, but comes from the Psyche trying to project its hidden content into an external sensitive space.

Off Club

Off Club (Anima)

Rome, 21 June 2018

Off Club restaurant/bar at 64 Casal Bertone

Reality doesn’t exist

Berlin, 1 April 2017

If you have power, you can influence other people. If you love, you destroy yourself. From a psychological point of view, love is a very dangerous disease. Love is merely an illusion. Just like architecture: merely an illusion! But at the same time, love is more real than reality.

Punta tipa

New York, 1 September 2016

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. I think Sicily is more syncretic than eclectic. Since Greek colonization, the island society was an idiosyncratic representation of the complexity of the ancient world, a blend of far away cultures. I think that such a Dionysian setting specifically influenced my personal way to interpreting the classical epoch.

Specus Corallii

Specus Corallii

Trapani, 27 August 2016

Oratory of the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo


Berlin, 26 March 2015

Each act of beauty is a gentle message toward death. Any act of beauty is a shard of love en route for a stranger. Any fragment of past beautiness is part of our memory, giving sense to the permanence of the mankind on the Earth. Thus references can become testimonials of love, beyond the death.

Ancestral images


Series of projects on architecture as a representation of archetypes, investigating colour as a narrative of the primordial. These projects weave hues and textures into spatial compositions that refer to ancient rituals, mythologies and collective memory

Vaults, grottoes, arches and polychromy

STATION-Berlin, 23 November 2017

The ‘words’ Vault, Grotto and Arch still inhabit our imagination. They embody archetypes that still move us today. According to Heidegger, “language is the house of the Being”, so, its happening in time could reveal to us the hidden structure of that historicity that it makes possible. The ‘words’ Vault, Grotto, Arch happen in the exercise of the psychological function of Sensation: that possibility of transfiguring the experience that we make in the world, through our body, in architecture.

Colour as a Narrative

Colour as a Narrative

London, 26 April 2015

Illuminum Fragrance gallery at 41 Dover Street

Crepuscular Green

Crepuscular Green

Rome, 29 April 2014

Mondrian Suite art gallery at 41 Piceni

The alternative

AA School, 18 November 2013

I work alone. At a bench overlooking a valley; biding my time in the streets. Elsewhere, in a park, listening to the rippling waters of a fountain late at night; searching for feelings. Crawling toward the places where architecture lies asleep. Architecture is an idea and ideas are tardy; they are waiting for you on a lazy afternoon, wandering somewhere.

House of Dust

House of Dust

Rome, 16 April 2013

Apartment in Ludovisi ward

Architecture is dust

Rome, 16 April 2013

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



Series of projects on architecture as an insertion, challenging conventional notions of surface and ornament. These projects where the walls become protagonists treat the surfaces as paintings, blurring the line between architecture and art

Faked reality

Deutsche Architekturmuseum, 1 December 2015

Since we cannot physically experience the world as a whole, despite the fact that we modern Westerners are still being raised under this false expectation, we end up believing an idea of reality derived from history books and journalism. So, what we are used to defining reality, is not reality itself, but a representation of information that we have acquired from surrogate experiences.

Postmodern Cafe

Postmodern Cafe

London, 6 September 2011

LDF dedicated entrance to the Victoria & Albert Museum

The Inexact Quality

The Inexact Quality

Takarazuka, 19 February 2011

House on two levels overlooking the Osaka bay

Akin to a Cinema Set

Akin to a Cinema Set

Milan, 15 April 2010

Sergio Rossi store at 17 Ponte Vetero

House for Wallpaper

House for Wallpaper*

Berlin, 6 April 2009

House for the Wallpaper* architects directory at the Neues Museum


London, 1 July 2007

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 carefully rewriting history. This has probably resulted in the belief on the part of some societies that they are the exclusive owners of something.

Remote places


Series of projects on architecture as concealed or simulated reality, expanding the boundaries of the imagination. These projects defy gravity, logic and context, inviting us to question our perception of space and place

Taking a position

Wuppertal, 1 October 2011

I believe in elegance, but not luxury. I think they are two opposing visions. Elegance is the visual manifestation of a personal state of quest. Pursuing it is vain. It is just the external result of an interior elaboration. Ascetics, artists, those curious about life are elegant. Luxury is bought and sold, it is an apparent shortcut that reveals itself—to keen eyes—as a tragic parody of elegance. Luxurious architecture, therefore, is an oxymoron.

Purple House

Purple House

Pembrokeshire, 1 June 2011

Dwelling on three levels in Pembrokeshire

Values transcending time

Wuppertal, 1 August 2010

When I was 17 I came across this phrase: “Italy without Sicily leaves no image in the soul: here is the key to everything.” Goethe wrote it on 13 April, 1787 in his Sicilian travel diary during his stay in Palermo. For years I have tried to understand the reason for such a neat yet at times surprising affirmation. I was walking in my native Palermo searching for a sense of all that pain, looking for the reason for that dying beauty. Unlike other cities which boast cleanliness and order, Palermo seems forcibly to demand what is the ultimate sense of time, the sense of history. In Palermo I breathed possible futures which never materialised, futures which remained on the contrary latent in stones, in the ground and in bodies.

Architecture and reverberation

Istanbul, 1 August 2009

Architecture fascinates when it contains in itself ‘remote places’, where the separation, rather than physical, becomes an expression of the unknown, of the unreal, in short of dreams. The distance stimulates in everyone unexpected associations that, mutating the original nature of the building via a slow sedimentation in the collective memory, determine its representation in history.

House of Twelve

House of Twelve

Melbourne, 1 May 2009

Dwelling on three levels in the suburb of Kew

Rome and Hadrian’s Villa

New Delhi, 1 February 2009

It is probable that places without names do not exist although memory is more truthful than physical space. Perhaps it is more real, and reality, therefore, is not merely physical space. But the memory of a historic city, as opposed to the ‘illusory’ one of Las Vegas, is, thus, also manipulation and alteration. Maybe the city is a gigantic pack of cards, a corrupt deck, and if history were linear, clear and intelligible, the art within it would have no reason to exist. Beauty always has a bastard quality and sometimes the most profound, the truest art lies in the distortion of reality.

Concrete Moon House

Concrete Moon House

Melbourne, 1 November 2008

Dwelling on three levels in the suburb of Kew

Max's House in a Small Lake

Max’s House in a Small Lake

Nimes, 1 July 2008

Dwelling on two levels in the countryside

House of Convexities

House of Convexities

Barcelona, 1 March 2008

Dwelling on two levels in the countryside

Vaulted House

Vaulted House

Parma, 1 January 2008

Dwelling on two levels in Felino’s countryside

Egypt and immortality lost

Rome, 1 November 2007

The Egyptian obsession with stopping time, recording in the memory, projecting onto stone the images of a reality actually experienced or desired—life beyond death—, is quite astonishing. Whether or not Egyptians were aware of it, here History was undoubtedly born. But its opposite was also born, namely the possibility of changing the truth by re-writing history.

Celestial vision

Mumbai, 1 October 2007

In some way, it is like a return to a primitive state. The main focus in Ellipse is on the ever-changing light of the sky. This building is made like an astral observatory in which its walls record the changing weather. Like music, this aesthetic experience is obtained by the passage of time.

Ellipse 1501 House

Ellipse 1501 House

Rome, 25 March 2007

Dwelling on two levels in the countryside