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 (%).



Anfiteatro Arena di Verona

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

The objective of this project was the maintenance of the cavea of the amphitheatre through the restoration of the mortar joints.

The diagnostic project included a survey of the draining systems, an analysis of the water infiltrations and a thermographic mapping of the water leakage through vaults and masonry structures.

The results of this research, along with a study of the effects of the traditional practice of adding some metallic materials to the plaster, were used to investigate and develop the most appropriate materials and mixtures for case-sepcific interventions.


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