Baroque Topologies

Baroque Topologies




Associate Professor

Project Summary

Baroque architecture is known for its “painterly” characteristic defined by Heinrich Wölfflin. The dynamic of the structure and the space in baroque architecture is amplified through various approaches, such as manipulation of layers and shapes as well as ingenious addition of sculptures and paintings. With today’s LiDAR scanning technology, we are able to see the “painterly” from a brand new perspective: the void is turned into solid and taken out of the context of landscape and exterior architecture; the space inside of the Baroque churches has become an individual object.


The goal of this research project is to defamiliarize the familiar architecture through an object-oriented perspective. We create orthographic images of the rendered meshes generated from the initial point cloud data. For the ongoing series of reflected ceiling plan drawings, we also overlay the reflected ceiling renderings with original plan drawings done by the architects for the purpose of both presenting more information in one drawing and comparing the ideal plan and the constructed plan.