FROM POINT CLOUD TO DIGITAL FABRICATION: A TANGIBLE RECONSTRUCTION OF CA’ VENIER DEI LEONI, THE GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM IN VENICE
Keywords: Cultural Heritage, Laser scanning, SfM, Digital reconstruction, Digital fabrication
Abstract. The paper describes how new digital methodologies can be used within the field of Cultural Heritage, not only with the aim of documenting the actual state of an architecture but to review the past transformations it has undergone, conserving and representing these histories as well. The premise to conservation and enhancement of our Heritage is a deep study in terms of position, shape, colour, and also of the historical and artistic features.
Survey methods have acquired data acquisition techniques in line with technological progress: today’s electronic and IT technologies, that are the tools of modern Geomatics, allow the effective survey and representation of 3D objects, from architectural structures to sculptures or archaeological finds.
Over the last few years, the methodologies of acquisition and integrated representation for 3D patrimony documentation have developed and consolidated considerably: the possibilities of the digital realm can augment the understanding and the valorisation of a monument.
The specific case offered in the present paper, Ca' Venier dei Leoni, the palace where is the Guggenheim Museum in Venice, is a significant example. It suggests not only the theme of the “no longer existing”, or better never built, but also the opportunity to formulate hypotheses regarding its implementation and the impact that the palace would have had in the Venetian contest.