Aerial photogrammetry shot © Factum Foundation for ARCHiVe
The 3D recording of the island of San Giorgio Maggiore is one of ARCHiVe’s main projects. Factum Foundation is committed to demonstrating that it is possible to create a digital record of this monumental complex, from the urban and architectural elements to the interiors and specific artefacts within the Giorgio Cini collection. The digitisation project of the island should also be understood as a first step towards the digitisation of the entire city of Venice – an ambitious task that will require active support from institutions and individuals, under ARCHiVe’s leadership.
The Teatro Verde, designed by architect Luigi Vietti and inaugurated in 1954, was not included in the first digitisation campaign in 2020, but has since undergone partial restoration in collaboration with Cartier and has recently reopened to the public.
The 3D recording was carried out in late January 2022 by a team from Factum Foundation, with the goal of documenting its current condition as part of its preservation. It employed a LiDAR 3D scanning system, in order to obtain accurate data that could give way to the creation of 3D models, orthophotos and, eventually, architectural drawings. The information obtained with the LiDAR scanner can also be combined with photogrammetric recording, to complete certain areas with higher surface resolution. Aerial drone-based recording was also carried out as part of this survey.
Once the data is fully processed, it can be used to assist in further preservation initiatives of the Teatro Verde.
Preliminary results of the recording were provided to artist Mattia Casalegno for his movie La Maschera del Tempo (trailer), produced by the Giorgio Cini Foundation. Including Factum Foundation’s 3D information, the work explores the sustainability and unique identity of the Teatro Verde, with sound designs provided by Maurizio Martusciello (Martux-m).
3D model of the Teatro Verde © Factum Foundation for ARCHIVe
For the first Holy See Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2018, internationally renowned architects were invited to design ten chapels in the forested park of the Cini Foundation on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. The project was inspired by the 1920 Woodland Chapel created by Erik Gunnar Asplund for Stockholm’s cemetery. With his Skogskapellet Asplund defined the chapel as a “place of orientation, encounter and meditation, seemingly formed by chance or natural forces inside a vast forest, seen as the physical suggestion of the labyrinthine progress of life”.
All ten Vatican Chapels were also recorded in January 2022, as part of the digitisation project of San Giorgio Maggiore.
Panoramic shot of the Vatican Chapels © Oscar Parasiego for Factum Foundation
Recording inside one of the Vatican Chapels © Oscar Parasiego for Factum Foundation and ARCHiVe