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Off Club

, Rome

Project for a nightclub in Casal Bertone with warm grey enclosure and miniature, golden rough plaster, black iconostasis with arches and altars

Off Club reunites the cinema of Kubrick and De Palma, Grand Theft Auto IV, Miami Art Deco District, the Escher’s perspectives, Byzantine iconostases, and Japanese folding screens. This work continues the investigation of Primordial Images presenting an ambience that reunites the sensorial plane of tactility with the intuitive, which projects onto reality the psyche of the observer.⁠[1] The space between the elements recalls the pattern of a mandala and the last works of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe —⁠ ⁠the theme of the double and the one divided. The two rooms devoted to hospitality form a raumplan six metres in height. Extending right round, a quadrangular enclosure sixteen metres wide unifies the duplex space framing the base of the Vault of the Golden Shadows.⁠[2] The latter, covering the space within the enclosure, is excavated at the centre by a black apsidal shape. Beneath this centre, a false scale palazzo encloses the contents and functions of the two bars. Constructed of two twin altars 7.22 metres long in black granite, both the bars —⁠ ⁠mixology on the upper floor and sushi on the lower —⁠ ⁠counterpoint the opposing sides of the palazzo towards the two rooms. With its double grey façade the palazzo carries out the apotropaic function of giving faces to the space. An iconostasis made from two twin black monoliths with elongated copper arches masks the face of the palazzo towards the road. Through the fissure created by the separation of the monoliths a view of figures is revealed. Arches, rhombuses, triangles and discs seem to evoke archaic rituals. Here, ancient and modern syntaxes find conciliation. Thus, this outline of physical and psychic scapes represents the idea of the architecture as transfiguration of the human.

Translation: Charles Searson


  1. ^ Carl Gustav Jung, Psychologische Typen , Rascher & Cie. Verlag, Zurich, 1921; It. ed. Cesare Luigi Musatti and Luigi Aurigemma, Tipi Psicologici, Bollati Boringhieri, Turin, 2011, pp. 624.
  2. ^ Carl Gustav Jung, Psychologie und Alchemie, Rascher & Cie. Verlag, Zurich, 1944; It. ed. Roberto Bazlene with Lisa Baruffi, Psicologia e Alchimia, Bollati Boringhieri, Turin, 2006, pp. 566.

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Antonino Cardillo, Off Club, Rome, 2018.


Off Club logo

The logo of the Off Club, Rome, 2018.


  • Time: Feb. 2017‑June 2018
  • Place: Off Club, Via di Casal Bertone, 64, Rome, Italy
  • Area: 450 m² (three storeys)
  • Opening date: 10 Dec. 2018
  • Typology: Nightclub


  • Architecture design, construction management, and furniture design: Antonino Cardillo
  • Clients: Massimo Di Persio, Matteo Di Persio, Francesco Curcio, and Remo Curcio
  • Building contractor: Roberto Federici
  • Masonry: Vincenzo Amato, Adrian Ciacan, Marius Ioan Frunzà, and Emanuele Venturini
  • Logistics: Cristiano Massariello and Emanuele Zappone
  • Painting: Andras Marton Mihaly
  • Electrical system: Fabio Gabriele
  • Plumbing system: Stefan Minciuna
  • Granites: Ghirardi Stone Contractor
  • Windows: Claudio Carboni
  • Parquet: Gabriel Grama
  • Air system: Alessio Lanzani
  • Paintings: Sikkens (via Vito Caruso)
  • Door handles: GIL (via Handles)
  • Mirrors: Nazzareno Garofani
  • Luminators finding: Giuseppe Picconi
  • Balcony lamp: Armand Darot
  • Stair lamp: 1970s Murano glass from Palermo
  • Sofas: Piero Lissoni, Living (via Mario Dejana)
  • Chairs: Busnelli (via Luca Anzellotti)
  • Curtains: Pasquale Lo Guercio
  • Thanks to Klaus Mondrian and Alexandra Savtchenko‑Belskaia