Antonino Cardillo, one of the most unique architects of our time is known for his breathtaking blend of ancient and modern architectural language that goes beyond the consciousness of the user. His not-so-ordinary style is a visual potpourri of textures, connected by the relatability of colour tones and other perceptual matters. Inspired by Swiss Psychologist Carl Gustav Jung, he is constantly reaching out for the “architecture of the unconscious” that has done great justice with his peculiarly-named imaginary house series ‘Seven Houses for No One’. Having born in Sicily, Italy, the architect has indeed experienced the muse hidden in every wall & details that fill up the aura of the classical structures. He intends to get into the depth of the experience and psychological principle with every work of his.

10 Projects of Antonino Cardillo every Architect must visit!1. House of Dust
Series: Grotto

Location: Ludovisi, Rome, Italy
Type: Residence
Year: 2013

Conventionally, dusts are the grey hues that are dulling a house’s interior experience. But what if we could embrace the imperfections of the building just as we do in humans? House of Dust is one iconic work of the architect that has been selected as one of the world’s most exceptional interior architecture of the past five years. Encompassed under his theme grotto, the house is a beautiful blend of the classical arches layering over the natural earthen shades of colours and texture of the contemporary construction.

2. Off Club, Italy
Series: Paradiso

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Location: Rome, Italy
Type: Restaurant
Year: 2018

The architect prefers indirect representation over direct ones proven by this culturally significant pan-Asian restaurant that reflects the design principles of the East such as Mandala. The investigation of primordial images is continued from the House of dust to this project, where the spaces take up the intensity of the tactile senses to get into the psyche of the user. The skilful balance of light and shades in the interiors echoes the psychological references to the functions of the restaurants.

3. Concrete Moon House
Series: For No One

10 Projects of Antonino Cardillo every Architect must visit! - Concrete Moon House - Sheet110 Projects of Antonino Cardillo every Architect must visit! - Concrete Moon House - Sheet2Location: Melbourne, Australia
Type: Residence
Year: 2008

“We remain perturbed, recognising that in remote parts of our interior universe resides an apparent otherness.” –Antonino Cardillo

The house has not just the profile taken from moon, but also the subtle vibe. Originally a 2-part plan, the house is an assemblage of public and private ‘faces’ of itself, that has traces of each other in them. The water reflecting the concrete moon echoes a visual similar to that of the conventional picture of moon reflected on vast expanse of water, that does the right justice to the name.

4. Illuminum Fragrance Shop Interior
Series: Grotto

10 Projects of Antonino Cardillo every Architect must visit! - Illuminum Fragrance Shop Interior - Sheet110 Projects of Antonino Cardillo every Architect must visit! - Illuminum Fragrance Shop Interior - Sheet2Location: Mayfair, London, UK
Type: Shop Interior
Year: 2015

The uniformity of the monotonous walls is outpaced by the gracefully un-uniform textures that enclose the space occupied by nothing but suspended freeform glass forms that intrude the vacuum-like visual appeal of the space. Accentuated by linear light entrances, the place is definitely an unconventional user-friendly grotto.

5. Purple House
Series: For No One

10 Projects of Antonino Cardillo every Architect must visit! - Purple House - Sheet110 Projects of Antonino Cardillo every Architect must visit! - Purple House - Sheet2Location: Pembrokeshire, London, UK
Type: Residence
Year: 2015

“Cardillo has created a labyrinth of truths and illusions. There is no one truth- reality: it doesn’t exist. Antonino Cardillo has built it.” – Jeanette Kunsmann with Stephan Burkoff

The house is an attempt to relate to the Norman legacy, re-evoking history of England till the middle east, where the expressionist architectural elements approach towards healing the history. The soft curves are given a bold face with strips of light that transit the experience across the day. Altogether, the project is where ‘architecture is personified as drama’.

6. Birnbeck Island
Series: Urbanism

10 Projects of Antonino Cardillo every Architect must visit! - Birnbeck Island - Sheet110 Projects of Antonino Cardillo every Architect must visit! - Birnbeck Island - Sheet210 Projects of Antonino Cardillo every Architect must visit! - Birnbeck Island - Sheet3Location: Weston-Super-Mare, UK
Type: Urban design
Year: 2007

The island has a story. It has its birth from the existing piers and building that were left solitary in the middle of water, giving a face of multitude breaking the existent solitary views. Set amidst the waterscape, it is an assemblage of linear elements- right from the building openings to the forms & profiles of the urban design elements that stand like the mighty lighthouses along the water bodies. The drama is kept intact by introducing basement areas in the plan that apparently dominates the user experience.

7. Akin to a Cinema Set
Series: Frames

Location: Sergio Rossi, Milan, Italy
Type: Store Design
Year: 2010

Visual potpourri isn’t always well contemplated. But when a buffer is introduced into the translation of the visuals, keeping the user conscious of the superimposition, harmony strives. Rightly related to ‘Nikki’ in the movie ‘Inland Empire’ who traces her translation in perception & consciousness, the space’s blue-grey tones intersecting the urbanist pink hues, create the sense of closure within the actually glass-transparent spaces. Witness the interaction of Architecture and Cinema in the project.

8. Arcade
Series: Arches

10 Projects of Antonino Cardillo every Architect must visit! - ArcadeLocation: Milan, Italy
Type: Store Design
Year: 2012

Often in the modern era, traces of historically significant architectural elements are infused, for the user to achieve a relationship, a kind of familiarity with the aura of the space. The store design reflects the royalty of arches while creating the layered visual imagery, highly defined by the pearlescent shades of whites and blues. Feel the optical illusion of grandiose within the minimal space.

9. House of Twelve
Series: For No One

10 Projects of Antonino Cardillo every Architect must visit! - House of Twelve - Sheet110 Projects of Antonino Cardillo every Architect must visit! - House of Twelve - Sheet2Location: Melbourne, Australia
Type: Residence
Year: 2009

When the inspirations from ancient ruins and comprehension of the millennial architecture interact, a peculiar architectural language is evolved. The urban-toned house is a collection of visuals reflecting itself not just through the walls, but also the landscape features. The rigidity contrasting the smoothness of the curved profiles gives the entire built environment the touch of uniqueness.

10. Specus Corallii
Series: Grotto

Location: Sala Laurentina, Cathedral of Trapani, Sicily
Type: Event Space
Year: 2016

The coral tones of the spaces speak not just of the material but its relationship with the past of the city of Trapani. The space brings along, the reference of sea with the coral shades and shell textures where the history will live on as indirect depictions. The coral caves have a lot of stories echoing.

Altogether, Antonino Cardillo is the man who creates spaces that could speak for themselves.



Akshaya Muralikumar

Architect of Thoughts-Passionate human being looking for the essence in user experiences. Because, perception matters.

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