Cardillo

Off Club

ROME, Italy
1 Jun 2018




Off Club is a restaurant, bar and lounge. Under one raw gold ceiling, it 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.


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

Conceived, built and represented by Antonino Cardillo, it continues the investigation of Primordial Images—see Jung, 1921: Psychological Types—presenting an ambience that reunites the sensorial plane of tactility with the intuitive which projects onto reality the psyche of the observer.


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

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.


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

The two rooms devoted to hospitality form a raumplan six metres in height. Extending right round, a quadrangular fence sixteen metres wide unifies the duplex space framing the base of the Vault of the Golden Shadows.


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

The latter, covering the space within the fence, 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.


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

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.


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

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.


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

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.


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

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.


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

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







Time: Feb 2017–Jun 2018
Place: Off Club, Via di Casal Bertone, 64, Rome, Italy
Gross area: 450 m²
Opening date: 10 Dec 2018







Clients: Matteo Di Persio, Francesco Curcio
Architect and construction manager: Antonino Cardillo
Furniture designer: Antonino Cardillo
Photography: Antonino Cardillo
Text: Antonino Cardillo
English translator: Charles Searson
Logo design: Antonino Cardillo

Building contractor: Roberto Federici
Masons: Vincenzo Amato, Adrian Ciacan, Marius Ioan Frunzà, Emanuele Venturini
Logistics: Cristiano Massariello, Emanuele Zappone
Painter: Marton Mihaly Andras
Electrician: Gabriele Fabio
Plumber: Stefan Minciuna

Granites: Ghirardi Stone Contractor
Windows: Carboni Claudio
Parquet: Gabriel Grama
Air system: Lanzani Alessio
Paintings: Sikkens (thanks to Caruso Vito)
Door handles: Handles (Roma), Valvo (Palermo)
Mirrors: Nazzareno Garofani
Luminator seeker: Picconi Giuseppe
Balcony lighting: Armand Darot
Stair lighting: 1970s Murano glass lamp from Palermo
Sofas: Piero Lissoni, Living (thanks to Dejana Mario)
Chairs: Busnelli (thanks to Anzellotti Luca)
Curtains: Pasquale Lo Guercio

Thanks to Remo Curcio, Klaus Mondrian, Alexandra Savtchenko Belskaia







LUCIA BARBARA GALLI
Abitare la Terra, no. 49, Rome, Jun 2019.

ANTONINO CARDILLO
Guest lecture as part of the talk series Inside/Out, London, Royal College of Art, 22 Jan 2019.

PAOLO ANTONACCI (ed.)
Divisare Journal, no. 221, [newsletter], Rome, 19 Oct 2018.

MONICA KHEMSUROV
sightunseen.com, New York, 22 Sep 2018.

TIM BERGE
dear-magazin.de, Berlin, Mitte Rand, 19 Sep 2018.
DEAR Magazin, no. 4/2018, Berlin, Mitte Rand, Dec 2018.

SUZANNE TROCMÉ
wallpaper.com, London, 17 Sep 2018.
Wallpaper*, no. 235, London, Sep 2018.