House for Wallpaper*

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Wallpaper* Architects Directory
31 Mar 2009




Years ago, around Marrakech, spread out over the arid plains, I saw some fences. From the outside, I could not understand what lay beyond, but I believe that they were lodgings. What could be within those walls? What was life like there? These questions stimulated my imagination for some months.


Antonino Cardillo, House for Wallpaper, Marrakech, Wallpaper Architects Directory, 2009. Photography: Antonino Cardillo.

Today, in the project commissioned by Wallpaper* Magazine, I tried to imagine a possible solution. From the palace of Akhenaton to the projects of Mies, history is full of examples of courtyard houses. This mode of living fascinates me because it brings into question the need to define an ‘external’. So, rather than identify itself with its shell, the building finds its true essence within, where the parts of the composition can speak to each other inside the ‘empty heart’ of a patio, creating a dialogue that recalls the cities of a pre-modern Mediterranean.


Antonino Cardillo, House for Wallpaper, Marrakech, Wallpaper Architects Directory, 2009. Photography: Antonino Cardillo.


Antonino Cardillo, House for Wallpaper, Marrakech, Wallpaper Architects Directory, 2009. Photography: Antonino Cardillo.


Antonino Cardillo, House for Wallpaper, Marrakech, Wallpaper Architects Directory, 2009. Photography: Antonino Cardillo.

Antonino Cardillo, House for Wallpaper*, Marrakech, Wallpaper* Architects Directory, 2009. Photography: Antonino Cardillo.