Cento City Hall


Italy, 2015
Client: Commune di Cento

The Cento City Hall building is imbued with strong artistic value and is protected by the Cultural and Natural Heritage Code due to its historical origins. Construction on Cento City Hall began in 1612 and was completed halfway through the 18th century.

The design involved the use of 3D laser scanner technology, which allows the location and geometry of the area to be digitally captured. With this type of technology, the geometric information captured is much more meaningful and valuable than photographic mapping because it reproduces the topology of the area under investigation with extreme accuracy and in three dimensions.

In the design, ASDEA provided the use of this technology together with drone surveying techniques of the area to manage the generated points and orthophotos in order to obtain the most accurate measurements and volumetrics possible.

The building has considerable artistic value and is protected by the Italian Cultural Heritage and Landscape Code. The interventions were necessary to repair the damage caused by the May 2012 earthquake and to improve the building’s structural performance during seismic actions by reducing its vulnerability, which is inherently high in historic buildings of similar workmanship.