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List of architecture projects with objects having a curved head


By Antonino Cardillo

For much that has been built in the World, the presence of the ‘word’ Arch has been constant. The modern age, on the other hand, had progressively removed this ancient ‘word’ 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 ‘word’ Arch still inhabits our imagination. It embodies archetypes that still move us today. According to Heidegger, ‘language is the house of the Being’,⁠[1] so, its happening in time could reveal to us the hidden structure of that historicity that it makes possible. The ‘word’ Arch happens 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.


  1. Martin Heidegger, Über den Humanismus, Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main, 1949; It. ed., Lettera sull’Umanismo, Adelphi, Milan, 1995.

Off Club

Rome, 13 September 2018

Antonino Cardillo, Off Club, Rome, 2018. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Arches evoke archaic rituals

Specus Corallii

Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, Trapani, 27 August 2016

Antonino Cardillo, Specus Corallii, Sala Laurentina, Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, Trapani, 2016. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Where the dead speak to the living

Min at the Soane

Soane’s Museum, London, 13 September 2014

Antonino Cardillo, Min, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, 2014. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Arch derives from the phallus

House of Dust

Rome, 16 April 2013

Antonino Cardillo, House of Dust, Rome, 2013. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Arches disguise doors and cupboards


Milan, 25 May 2012

Antonino Cardillo, Arcade, Milan, 2012. CGI: Antonino Cardillo

Arches define a perspective

Postmodern Cafe

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 6 September 2011

Antonino Cardillo, Postmodern Cafe, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2011. Graphic: Antonino Cardillo

Graffiti refigure theme of arch

House for Wallpaper*

Neues Museum, Berlin, 6 April 2009

Antonino Cardillo, House for Wallpaper* architects directory, 2009. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

The empty heart

Vaulted House

Parma, 1 January 2008

Antonino Cardillo, Vaulted House, Parma, 2008. CGI: Antonino Cardillo

A cement lunetta

Let There Be More Light

Università di Palermo, Trapani, 25 March 2002

Antonino Cardillo, Let There Be More Light, aquarium, thesis, Trapani Marina, 2002.

An indefinable veil