Istituto Luce Cinecittà

ROME, Italy — 11 May 2019

On behalf of Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Diego Grammatico and Giovanna Marinelli invite Cardillo to talk as part of Rome Video Game Lab.

Cardillo's 'From Zak McKracken to House of Dust' lecture summary

Architecture is a story that constructs reality. It is not just something physical but contains metaphors and surreal elements. In video games, architecture is so powerful that it even distorts the idea that the user has of reality. Architecture and video games are projections of what we want to see of an abstract ideal.

Sala Workshop 1, Teatro 11, Cinecittà Studios

Antonino Cardillo at the Teatro 11 of Cinecittà Studios. Photography by Danilo Balducci.

Antonino Cardillo at the Teatro 11 of Cinecittà Studios. Photography by Danilo Balducci.

Royal College of Art

LONDON, UK — 22 Jan 2019

On behalf of the students of the RCA School of Architecture Interior Design Programme, Yara Boulos and Riccardo Rizzetto invite Cardillo to talk as part of the talk series Inside/Out.

Cardillo's 'The making of Rome's Off Club' lecture summary

Vision. The intuitive function: from psychical subject to physical object
Construction. Language as the House of Being: toward an etymology of architectural words
Individuation. The afterward detection: the temple inside the sacred fence

Lecture Theatre 1, RCA School of Architecture, Kensington Gore

Antonino Cardillo at the Lecture Theatre 1, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore.

Antonino Cardillo at the Lecture Theatre 1. Photography by Riccardo Rizzetto.


BERLIN, Germany — 21 Nov 2017

By invitation of Stephan Burkoff and Jeanette Kunsmann, Tim Berge interviews Cardillo.

Mitte/Rand Salon 01 mit Antonino Cardillo

Antonino Cardillo ist ein Architekt mit außergewöhnlichem Werdegang und nicht weniger kontroversen Positionen. Über seine Arbeit spannt sich ein Nebel, der Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, Wahrheit und Illusion verschwimmen lässt. Am Dienstag, dem 21.11.2017, sprach Tim Berge beim ersten Mitte/Rand Salon in die Marienstraße mit Antonino über seine Anfänge, seine Haltung zur Antike und die Sexualität der Architektur.

Mitte/Rand, Marienstraße 10

Mitte/Rand Salon. Marienstraße 10 10117 Berlin

Antonino Cardillo at the Mitte/Rand Salon. Photography by Markus Hieke.

Heinze Congress

BERLIN, Germany — 23 Nov 2017

Antonino Cardillo is a keynote speaker at the Heinze Architektour Congress.

Cardillo vortrag auf dem Heinze Architektour Kongress in Berlin

Kann ein Architekt über Entwürfe und die Bildsprache hochauflösender Architekturdarstellungen Berühmtheit erlangen? Dem sizilianischen Architekten Antonino Cardillo ist dies mit der Serie der "Imagined Houses" gelungen. In der Annahme, es handle sich um reale Bauten, wurde er 2009 von Wallpaper zu einem der weltweit bedeutendsten Architekten gekürt. Zwischen Betrugsvorwürfen und überschwänglichem Lob agiert er in einer Nische des Phantastischen und Entrückten. Die hochpräzisen und meisterlich bearbeiteten Renderings zeigen auf, wie Virtuelles als neue Realität gedeutet werden kann. Ein Hauch surrealer Fiktion, der die Zuordnung real/irreal erschwert, umgibt alle seine Arbeiten, so auch das "House of Dust" oder seine "Four Grottos".

10:30 Antonino Cardillo: Vaults, Grottoes, Arches, and Polychromy
11:15 Thomas Willemeit: Dream. Design. Deliver.
14:15 Mark Jenewein: Graz loves Berlin
17:00 Prof. Meinhard von Gerkan: Faszination Tegel

Hall 3, STATION-Berlin, Luckenwalder Str. 4—6

Antonino Cardillo talks at the Heinze Architektour Congress at the Station Berlin.

Antonino Cardillo at the Heinze Congress. Photography by Marcus Jacobs.

The Trail Blazers

LOCOGRANDE, Italy — 20 Apr 2017

Federico Chiarello and Antonio Mistretta, with Diego Grammatico, interview Cardillo on ‘The Trail Blazers’, ZAK Radio.

ZAK Radio studio, Locogrande, Trapani, Italy

Antonino Cardillo on ‘The Trail Blazers’, ZAK Radio.

Antonino Cardillo on ‘The Trail Blazers’, ZAK Radio.


MILAN, Italy — 2 Apr–12 Sep 2016

By invitation of Beppe Finessi, Cardillo showcases House of Dust at the XXI Triennale: through a selection of 50 works the exhibition Stanze. Altre filosofie dell’abitare presents a history of Italian interior design from the 1920s to the present day.

Stories of other rooms

The exhibition begins with a brief historical overview, introducing the subject and placing it historically through stories about the great achievements of past great masters for whom interior architecture was their first professional sphere and a privileged place for their observations on architecture Gio Ponti, Franco Albini, Carlo Mollino, Carlo Scarpa, Carlo De Carli, Vittoriano Viganò, Ettore Sottsass, Joe Colombo, Leonardo Savioli, Toni Cordero, as well as other major C20th Italian cultural players who, even just at particular times, conceived and realised housing concepts and projects BBPR, Angelo Mangiarotti, Vico Magistretti, Ignazio Gardella, Marco Zanuso, Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Vittorio Gregotti, Gae Aulenti, Nanda Vigo. Works by architects who have expressed their thoughts, skills and visions of the world around us though interior architecture will be exhibited such as, for example, Michele Bonino/Coex, Antonello Boschi, Calvi Merlini Moya, Guido Canali, Gabriella and Massimo Carmassi, Gianfranco Cavaglià, Carla Ceccariglia, Massimo Curzi, Cherubino Gambardella, Antonino Cardillo, Luciano Giorgi, Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo, Johanna Grawunder, Decio Guardigli, Guido Morpurgo and Annalisa De Curtis, Francesco Pasquali, Daniele Rossi, Italo Rota, Alessandro Scandurra, UdA, Stefano Testa/Cliostraat, Bruno Vaerini, Francesco Venezia.

Palazzo della Triennale, Viale Alemagna, 6

XXI Triennale di Milano 'Stanze. Altre filosofie dell’abitare', Palazzo della Triennale.

Stanze. Altre filosofie dell’abitare, XXI Triennale di Milano.

Deutsche Architekturmuseum

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany — 1 Dec 2015

By invitation of Chris Dähne, Frederike Lausch and Bettina Rudhof, Cardillo talks on the Houses for No One series.

Visualisierung / Faked Reality: Die Traumhäuser Von Antonino Cardillo

Projektvorstellung von Antonino Cardillo, Vortrag von Carolin Höfler und anschließende Diskussion in der Reihe Constructed Realities \ Konstruierte Realitäten. Zum Verhältnis von medialen Praktiken und der Konzeption von Architektur des Kunstgeschichtlichen Instituts an der Goethe — Universität in Kooperation mit dem Deutschen Architekturmuseum und dem Deutschen Institut für Film, Frankfurt a.M.

18:00 Einführung: Chris Dähne und Frederike Lausch
18:15 Projektvorstellung: Antonino Cardillo (Architekt Trapani/Italien)
19:00 Gastvortrag: Carolin Höfler (Technische Hochschule Köln)
19:30 Diskussion \ Moderation: Chris Dähne und Frederike Lausch

Deutsche Architekturmuseum, Schaumainkai 43

Antonino Cardillo talks at the German Architecture Museum of Frankfurt.

Antonino Cardillo at the Deutsche Architekturmuseum.

Sir John Soane's Museum

LONDON, UK — 13 Sep–11 Oct 2014

By invitation of Abraham Thomas, Cardillo showcases the Min sculptures inside cabinet of Sir John Soane's Breakfast Room.

Space & Light: a pop-up exhibition as part of London Design Festival 2014

To his contemporaries, Sir John Soane was known as an architect who pushed the boundary of architecture and design. He broke from tradition to create his own interpretation of the classical form and was an advocate of utilising the latest technology in his work. Soane has been called the 'master of space and light'. As part of the London Design Festival 2014 we have invited six artists and designers whose work incorporates the theme of space and light to exhibit their latest work as part of this pop-up exhibition. Showing here are a collection of one-off pieces and never-before-seen products. The display features work by Paul Schutze, Ab Rogers, Antonino Cardillo, Sebastian Bergne, Mineheart and Tiipoi.

Sir John Soane's Museum, 12 Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Sir John Soane's Museum façade on the Lincoln's Inn Fields of London. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

Sir John Soane’s Museum. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

Architectural Association

LONDON, UK — 20 Nov 2013

By invitation of Alexandra Savtchenko-Belskaia, Cardillo talks on House of Dust.

Antonino Cardillo House Of Dust

Hot on the heels of our Sicilian love affair, Intermediate 2 presents an evening to transport us once more to the stone island's spectacular sensuous atmosphere and rich cultural syncretism. The House of Dust takes its influences from primordial caverns, renaissance grottos and nymphaea at Rome's Villa Doria Pamphilj. Materiality, colour and light evoke an archaeological architecture—a ceiling of rough plaster is the colour of bare earth and the palest pink light evokes dawn and flowers—the colour of beauty that dies. The House breathes light through spaces in a balanced sequence of compression and dilations.—Alexandra Savtchenko Belskaia

Venue: New Soft Room
Intermediate Unit 2 Open Lecture
18.00 House of Dust
19.00 Film screening Luchino Visconti The Leopard (Il Gattopardo), starring Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster, 185 minutes, colour.

Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, 36 Bedford Square

Antonino Cardillo introduces House of Dust in the Soft Room of the Architectural Association School of London. Photo by Marco Ponzianelli.

Antonino Cardillo at AA School of London. Photography by Marco Ponzianelli.

Architectural Association

TRAPANI-PALERMO, Italy — 1–4 Nov 2013

By invitation of Ana Araujo and Takero Shimazaki, Cardillo talks to the students of ‘Intermediate 2’ about Sicily and Dionysian through the interpretations of Goethe, Wagner and Nietzsche.

The language of flowers

This year Intermediate Unit 2 will focus on spatial experiences that enhance awareness of our senses and emotions. Our main source of inspiration will be the enigmatic Villa Palagonia—a baroque icon located on the northern coast of Sicily, whose originality and eccentricity has fascinated personalities such as Goethe and Sir John Soane.—Ana Araujo

Field trip

1st Palermo Villa Witthaker, Villa Igea and San Cataldo Church
2nd Bagheria Villa Palagonia
3rd Tonnara di Scopello Drawing Workshop with Willem de Bruijn
4th Erice Daedalus

Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, Journey to Sicily

Architectural Association Journey to Sicily, Tonnara di Scopello, 2013. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

AA Journey to Sicily, Tonnara di Scopello, Italy. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

RAI Radio 3 Suite

ROME, Italy — 6 Jun 2013 — 21.30

Andrea Penna and Monica D’Onofrio interview Cardillo at House of Dust for the primetime Italian broadcast ‘RAI Radio 3 Suite’.

House of Dust, Via Piemonte, Rome, Italy

Antonino Cardillo on ‘RAI Radio 3 Suite’.

Antonino Cardillo on ‘RAI Radio 3 Suite’.

Architectural Association


By invitation of Ana Araujo and Takero Shimazaki, Cardillo talks to the students of ‘Intermediate 2’ about the topic of inexact quality.

Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, Hooke Park Campus, Dorset

Antonino Cardillo talk at the Architectural Association Hooke Park Campus in Dorset. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

Hooke Park Campus. Photography by Antonino Cardillo.

Chelsea College of Art

LONDON, UK — 15 Nov 2010

By invitation of Ana Araujo, Cardillo discusses the work of his practice, particularly on the relation between the light in architecture and computer-generated imagery.

Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London

Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London

Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London.

University of Palermo

PALERMO, Italy — 24 Jan 2010

By invitation of Antonietta Iolanda Lima, Cardillo talks to the students of the course of ‘History of Contemporary Architecture’.

Faculty of Architecture, University of Palermo

By invitation of Iolanda Lima, Antonino Cardillo talks at the Faculty of Architecture of Palermo.

Antonino Cardillo at the Faculty of Architecture of Palermo.

Wallpaper* Future 30

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Sep 2009

By invitation of Ellie Stathaki and Jonathan Bell, Cardillo showcases the model house commissioned by Wallpaper* on the occasion of the 2009 Architects Directory award.

4th International Architecture Biennale, Rotterdam

At a time of uncertainty in the global housing market, the Wallpaper* Future 30 show that innovation is within reach of every aspiring client, bringing fresh architectural thinking from around the world into the expansive sprawl of the modern city.

Chabot Museum, Museumpark 11

Wallpaper Future 30 Exhibition at the Chabot Museum of Rotterdam. Antonino Cardillo's model house at the no. 17.

Antonino Cardillo house 17 at the Chabot Museum. Photography by Ellie Stathaki.

John Foxx

LONDON, UK — 27–31 Jul 2009

By invitation of John Foxx, Cardillo showcases Ellipse 1501 House and the Tales of Light video.

John Foxx dna exhibition

The exhibition featured work by visual artists, film-makes, illustrators, Manga comic artists and musicians who have been inspired by different aspects of John Foxx’s 30-year career. They include films by Alex Proyas, Jonathan Barnbrook, Antonino Cardillo, Japan’s Macoto Tezka, electro pioneer Gary Numan, and animator Ian Emes, alongside prints by Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), one of Tokyo’s most famous Manga artists Reiko Okano, Karborn, and John Foxx himself.

The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury

Antonino Cardillo's Tales of Lights at the John Foxx exhibition at the Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London.

The Horse Hospital.