Palazzo Pallavicino, Cremona

Type: Research contract between the Municipality of Cremona and Politecnico di Milano.

The ongoing project aims to evaluate a Temperierung system placed in Palazzo Pallavicino Ariguzzi in Cremona, a Palace built between 14th and 19th century. Data gathered through the monitoring of the indoor climate are coupled and compared with more specific type of analyses, such as thermography and psychrometric mapping.

Temperierung consists in the installation of pipes circulating hot water (40-60°C) below the surface of the wall, forming a heated band at man-height.


  • Microclimate monitoring
  • Mapping of T and RH and MR distribution in interiors
  • Thermographic Analysis


Villa Reale, Milano

Research contract between the Municipality of Milan and Politecnico di Milano

The building nowadays known as Villa Reale and housing the Gallery of Modern Art of Milan (GAM) was built at the end of the 18th century. A multidisiciplinary surveying strategy was designed to analyse the indoor climate of Villa Reale, coupling diagnostics and historical research. The on-site measurements of the hygrothermal parameters have been performed as recommended by the Italian standard UNI 10829:1999 providing two types of analysis: 1) Spot monitoring, Psychrometrics and Thermographic analysis. 2) Continuum monitoring of T (°C) and RH (%).


Oratorio di Santo Stefano, Lentate sul Seveso, Milano

Type: Research contract between the Municipality of Lentate sul Seveso and Politecnico di Milano

This project aims to evaluate a Temperierung system placed in Oratorio di Santo Stefano, a 14th-century frescoed chapel. The research methodology has included different tyoes of noninvasive techniques: Psychrometrics and Thermographic analysis and continuum monitoring of T (°C) and RH (%).



Rocca di Spilamberto, Modena

  • Microclimate monitoring
  • Thermographic Analysis
  • Psychrometric analysis
  • Quantitative determination of water in masonry


Santa Maria di Senzago, Salò, Brescia

  • Stratigraphic analysis
  • Plaster characterization
  • Analysis of the decays
  • Consultancy to the restoration project


Palazzo del Podestà, Mantova


    In 2005 Palazzo del Podestà was suggested to become the seat of a part of the Municipal Administration. Politecnico di Milano was asked to collaborate with the Town Council of Mantova in order to carry out a research on the real situation of the palaces: that is, an analysis of its functions, limits and peculiarities.

    In this study we will try to focus the attention on the problem of the static decay of the building, which required a proper and multidisciplinary investigation into the study of the Palaces. The Problem of Decays In the history of the palace the numberless additions, reconstructions and adaptations involved many changes in the arrangement of the buildings.

    The method of study this research has been carried out in three phases: at first a phase of historical research, then a second phase of analysis of the causes of the decay in situ; at last all the data which had been gathered from the previous phases were compared one with the other.

    for more information visit:

    The Complexity and the Logic Behind Historical Buildings: the Case-Study of Palazzo del Podestà in Mantova, Italy


  • Analysis of the decays
  • General description of the cracks
  • Thermographic analysis
  • wooden description and analysis

Castello di Trostburg, Waidbruck – Ponte Gardena, Bolzano


Type: Research contract between Sudtiroler Burgeninstitut and Politecnico di Milano

Trostburg Castle, in Tyrol, presented increasing structural problems requiring a careful investigation. Cracks have been monitored in the long-term to investigate if structural damages could be influenced by the construction of highway tunnels just nearby thecastle foundations. Collected data were discussed and compared from different perspectives,  in order to evaluate limits and possibilities of several proposed methods of building analysis.

The research used was the Raumbuch system, which identifies a method of analysis and management of complex monumental buildings derived from the traditional inventories and developed in German-speaking countries during the 1990s. This method consists of the progressive division and codification of an architectural complex in smaller and smaller sections that can be identified by type and construction history:single buildings, rooms, floors, ceilings and walls. The data are then collected in the form of a “book of rooms” which considers any single room as its basic unit.