By invitation of Ana Araujo, Takero Shimazaki, and Alexandra Savtchenko-Belskaia, Cardillo talked as part of the ‘Intermediate Unit 2’.
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
Born in Sicily, Antonino Cardillo is an itinerant architect based in London. Practising internationally, his works have also been widely exhibited, including the 4th Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam, Artindex of St-Petersburg, and the London Design Festival at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Through his works Cardillo explores the boundaries between ancient and modern languages, his architectonic spaces are a syncretic synthesis, attempting to reconcile different world views, beliefs, traditions and cultures.