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Project for a shop on Corso XXII Marzo in form of miniature palace with blue background, white marble and perspectives of arches

The Arcade store appears to the visitor almost as an enchanted palace set in a rationalist building. As in the Stables of Meknes or the Mosque of Cordoba, a succession of arches defines a perspective. The arch, icon of protection, in its slender variant, codified by 13th century Italian painting and often cited by De Chirico, rediscovers in this work its value of connection and separation of parts. A delicate balancing of pearlescent greys, mauve greens, intense magenta, crystalline marbles, real and false as a toy, and a flat blue painted throughout the structure, form the palette of the scene.


Antonino Cardillo, Arcade, Milan, 2012.


  • Time: Apr.–May 2012
  • Place: Corso XXII Marzo, 4, Milan, Italy
  • Area: 450 m² (two storeys)
  • Typology: shop


  • Architecture and furniture design: Antonino Cardillo
  • Client: confidential
  • Thanks to Antonio Sechi