The Ber(li)n Digital Pantheon Project
Sankt-Hedwigs-Kathedrale in Berlin. One of the many examples of the lasting influence of the Pantheon in the history of architecture. (Photo: Alistair Young (http://www.flickr.com/people/ajy))
In October 2010 the Bern Digital Pantheon Project has moved to Berlin and is now part of the Excellence Cluster Topoi (www.topoi.org).
About the Digital Pantheon Project
The Bern Digital Pantheon Project was originally instigated in 2005 by Gerd Graßhoff as a pilot project of the Karman Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in Bern, Switzerland, hence its name. In October 2010 the project has moved to Berlin and is now continued within the cluster of excellence "Topoi" (www.topoi.org) which is devoted to the study of the formation and transformation of space and knowledge in ancient civilizations.
The projects first objective was to undertake the long-overdue architectural survey of one of the most important buildings in the history of architecture. Accordingly, the interior and exterior of the Pantheon were measured in two campaigns in 2005 and 2007 using state-of-the-art laser scan technology.
In the second phase of the project the measurement points of the various sub scans were merged into a universal model with a common coordinate system. The unification of the sub scans does not aim at suggestive visualizations, but is a fundamental precondition that results from investigations of different parts of the building can be compared and combined. Afterwards the model was "frozen" in order to be used as a common and reliable reference model for further research.
Finally, in the third and ongoing phase of the project the group turned to the analysis of the model data in order to address some long disputed questions regarding the design, construction, engineering and building logistics of the Pantheon. Currently the project group is working on the analysis of the construction principles of the Pantheon's portico columns. First results have recently been published in eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies