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List of projects by architect Antonino Cardillo with objects having a curved head

Arches in the Via Quinto Pittore apartment in Rome


For much that has been built in the world, the presence of the ‘words’ , and has been constant. The modern age, on the other hand, had progressively removed these ancient ‘words’ from current usage. New ‘words’, which referred to the machine age, were introduced. A deterministic letter on the phenomenon interpreted such substitution as a consequence of the introduction of new techniques of construction, made possible by the advent of the Industrial Revolution (concrete, iron and glass). But, despite this, the ‘words’ Vault, Grotto and Arch still inhabit our imagination. They embody archetypes that still move us today.⁠[1] According to Heidegger, “language is the house of the Being”,⁠[2] 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. Modern architecture seemed to have lost this erotic-sacral discourse. Its forms appeared as consequences of logical thought, whose overvaluation inhibits all possible integral knowledge of reality.

This text was first published in Heinze ArchitekTOUR Kongress, STATION-Berlin, Berlin, 23 Nov. 2017.


  1. ^ Martin Heidegger, Über den Humanismus, Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main, 1949; It. ed., Lettera sull’Umanismo, Adelphi, Milan, 1995.
  2. ^ Carl Gustav Jung, Psychologische Typen,[↗] Rascher & Cie. Verlag, Zurich, 1921; It. ed., Tipi Psicologici, Bollati Boringhieri, Turin, 2016, p. 493.

Elogio del Grigio

Elogio del Grigio

Castiglione delle Stiviere, 12 October 2023

Vaulted gallery with stair and arched passages

Off Club

Off Club (Anima)

Rome, 13 September 2018

Fissures in the form of copper arches

Specus Corallii

Specus Corallii

Trapani, 27 August 2016

Threaded of passing of decreasing elongated arches

Min at the Soane

Min at the Soane

London, 13 September 2014

Sculpture with elongated arch shapes and hemispherical dome

House of Dust

House of Dust

Rome, 16 April 2013

Elongated arches confuse doors and cabinets



Milan, 25 May 2012

Threaded series of elongated arch passages

Postmodern Cafe

Postmodern Cafe

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 6 September 2011

Arch passage inside low-shaped arch shape