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Istituto degli Innocenti, Florence, Italy


The Istituto degli Innocenti is a XV century Renaissance building built by Brunelleschi. It was originally a children's orphanage and during the first half of the fifteenth century, it was the first institution in the known world devoted exclusively to child care. 
Considered over the centuries as a universal model of for the reception and care of children, the Institute has now become a public company providing services for people (law n. 43/2004, Region of Tuscany) which continues its historical mission without interruption. Today the Institute’s activities include establishing and testing educational and social services, studying the condition of children and promoting children’s rights and culture.
The façade is made up of nine semicircular arches springing from columns of the Composite order. In the spandrels of the arches there are glazed blue terracotta roundels with reliefs of babies designed by Andrea della Robbia suggesting the function of the building.

Main objectives:

  • One of the main aim is to enhance visitors. The digitalization can provide new approaches in studying, documenting, preserving, managing and communicating the architecture and its contents starting from the metric knowledge obtained by 3D laser scanner survey;
  • The Loggia is the first focus that will be developed as H-BIM model and application, using technologies to make the building interactive and connect additional information to the digital model (time-machine on the different historical phases to meet different perspectives for different users -students, technicians, professionals, citizens - merging the video of the historical reconstruction into the real model);
  • The output 3D model allows both to manage maintenance and technological integration and to obtained multimedia visualizations and applications to enhance the new museum and to create innovative ways to explore the artistic and architectonic heritage and new forms of accessibility.
Prof. Roberto di Giulio
University of Ferrara, Italy
T his project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 665220.