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Crepuscular Green


Project for the Mondrian Suite art gallery on Via dei Piceni in San Lorenzo district with golden green rough plaster and arched mirror altar with black trumpets lamps

Crepuscular Green is an interior refurbishment of an art gallery. The use of colour and texture is inspired by the opening scene of Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold, which describes a greenish dawn as seen from the depths of the river. This work was made on a low budget with one builder. The poverty of means applied here relates to the idea of architecture being a faculty to transcend the ordinary. Like a green golden grotto, a rusticated vault envelopes the upper part of the room, rendering a trilithon schema on the backdrop. Ahead, a rounded altar features a mirror arched bridge and a suspended slab above. On either side, two black flutes emit diffused lighting. Everything is painted in shades of green. Words of the space relate to each other a cohesive narrative, which aims to unfold the imagination of the inhabitants.

Thanks to Ana Araujo

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Antonino Cardillo, Crepuscular Green, Rome, 2014.


  • Time: March‑Apr. 2014
  • Place: Mondrian Suite, Via dei Piceni, 41, Rome, Italy
  • Area: 40 m² (one storey)
  • Typology: art gallery


  • Architecture design, construction management, and furniture design: Antonino Cardillo
  • Client: Mondrian Suite (director: Vincenzo Petrone alias Klaus Mondrian)
  • Constructor: Grigoriu Cicau
  • Furniture making: Stefano Coacci
  • Lamp making: Armand Darot
  • Thanks to Ana Araujo, Paolo Bedetti, Andrea Paolo Massara, and Vittorio Valenta