FROM DATA TO TANGIBLE MODELS: CASE STUDY OF A VAULT IN THE ROYAL RESIDENCE OF VENARIA REALE
Keywords: Royal Residence of Venaria Reale, LiDAR survey, Geometry, Dissemination, Physical model
Abstract. Framed on a wider research project that investigates Geometry as a cultural substrate and shared language for the comprehension of Architecture and its shapes, the presented research focuses on the geometric analysis and dissemination actions of a vault of the Royal Residence of Venaria Reale, designed by Benedetto Alfieri in the XVIII century. The vault is the only one offering to visitors’ sight both its intrados and extrados surfaces. We propose an interdisciplinary approach that uses Geometry both as qualifying intangible heritage of the built shapes and as a language transversal to observation and survey, return of data and their interpretation from a dissemination point of view. To achieve this, we propose an innovative use of physical models, both in their meaning of object to be explored and in that of their design, between prototyping and seriality. Interaction between public and physical models becomes a way to promote critical shape-reading activities and to enhance spatial visualization abilities by their haptic/visual exploration, to recognize 3D built geometry and to explore architecture from different a point of view, getting closer to its shapes.