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The making of Rome’s Off Club lecture part of the Inside/Out series curated by student representatives 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
RCA Inside/Out poster on Antonino Cardillo

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

The making of Rome’s Off Club

Antonino Cardillo

  1. Vision. The intuitive function
    From the psychical subject to the physical object
  2. Construction. Language as the “House of Being”
    Toward an etymology of architectural words
  3. Individuation. The afterward detection
    The temple in the sacred precinct

In his design for the Off Club, Cardillo continues the investigation of archetypes (primordial images) that he began with his design for the House of Dust: “Archetypes, so far as we can observe and experience them at all, manifest themselves only through their ability to organise images and ideas, and this is always an unconscious process which cannot be detected until afterwards.”⁠[1]


  1. ^ Carl Gustav Jung, ‘On the Nature of the Psyche’ [1947/1954], Collected Works, vol. 8, Princeton University Press, 1969, p. 231.
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