The Project

This project came from a previous study of this unique home run for the editig of a three-year degree in Cultural Heritage Sciences at the University of Pisa

The house at the time of its construction had aroused an huge worldwide interest, and many journalists, architects and engineers from the United States and Japan notoy italians, came in the small town of western Liguria, Castelnuovo Magra, to study it. Till now, no one has been able to replicate it since it has not yet been possible to understand its mechanical structure and its functioning.

This project aims to bring back to light the now almost forgotten "flying" dwelling and its singular inventor, who over the last years of his life has found himself repeatedly thinking of breaking down his creation without leaving more trace, but, at the same time, wants to attract the attention of students and engineers and encourage them to conduct research and translate the work into a paper project that can be reproduced: given its anti-seismic nature, it could be an optimal solution for areas strongly subject to these risks.

There is still a big question left: what will be the future of the dwelling? If the municipal administration were take possession of the house it could start the "verification of cultural interest" through the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and dispose it under the laws that protect the assets of cultural interest, but this will be possible only after fifty years from its realization and following the disappearance of its author[1].

3D Digitization

For the creation of the 3D model I opted for the Multi-view Stereo Matching, capturing two different series of images using a Canon EOS 450D camera, with a focal length of 17 mm and an ISO 100 - f / 4 - 1/500 exposure sec:

1) The first series, aimed to documenting the entire building, collected a total of 173 images in .jpg format, taken around the house.

2) The second series was conducted for the acquisition of three different positions of the elevation mechanism that involved the scale model. The images were subsequently divided into three distinct groups, according to the phases of movement, collecting 80 images in .jpg format for the mechanism in the "rest" position, 66 for the mechanism at a medium height and 98 for its maximum extension.

The decision to lead the data acquisition in this way is aimed at reconstructing the elevation movement that since 2012 can no longer be implemented, using the first series of photos to create the real house and the three groups of the second series for the mechanism.

All the photographic data have been loaded and processed on VisualSFM, suitable to process a large amount of data, generating 4 points clouds (one for the house and three for the mechanism), which were elaborated through MeshLab, the opensource software for visualization and editing of complex 3D models, realized by ISTI-CNR.

The roof was instead made using SketchUp, creating 4 rectangles of various sizes that have closed and completed the model. This alignment was performed on MeshLab.

[1] Cfr. art.10 c. 5; art.12 cc.1-10 e art.13-14 del Codice dei Beni culturali e del Paesaggio, DL 22 gennaio 2004, n.42.

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