(University of Florence – Dipartimento di Architettura, Florence, Italy)

Keywords: Coastal Tower, 3D reconstruction, Cultural Heritage, Landscape, Musealization

The Tower of Torrenostra, built between the XVIth and XVIIthcenturies, is located in the city of Torreblanca – Spain, and is one of the still-exiting towers of the Valencian Coast, projected by Ing. G. B. Antonelli.
During the survey campaign of the TOVIVA research project “Torres de vigía y defensa del litoral valenciano. Generación de metadatos y modelos 3D para su interpretación y efectiva puesta en valor”, many of these towers have been digitally surveyed using 3D laser scanner, terrestrial and aerial photogrammetry. The survey campaign took place in April 2015 and after the data gathering, a phase of elaboration has succeded to produce the classical architectural drawings of plans, elevations and sections. A part of this documentation has been collected on the poster “When an isolated building becomes a guideline for the urban pattern. The case of “Torrenostra” in Torreblanca, Castellón, Spain”, by T. G. Piqueras S. Giraudeau and A. Leonardi in 2015.
This poster present an evolution of the work on this tower, aimed to a reconstruction of the original landscape around it: if today the tower is presented surrounded by other buildings in the two lateral sides, the situation was very different in the past, when the tower was totally isolated on the coast.
The re-discovery of the original landscape of the city could be an interesting topic to explain in a Museum of the Territory of Torreblanca, that could take place inside the tower and that could explain to the tourist, how was the territory in the past and how it has been evolved, involving the structure of the tower itself, changing its shape and value. The 3D reconstruction, both digital and tangible is also a good way to involve children and adults at the same time, adding a special value to an historical building.