GENERATING ALTERNATIVE PROPOSALS FOR THE LOUVRE USING PROCEDURAL MODELING
- University of Brighton, Moulescombe, Brighton BN2 4GJ, U.K
Keywords: procedural modelling, reconstruction, case study, Louvre, architecture
Abstract. This paper presents the process of reconstructing two facade designs for the East wing of the Louvre using procedural modeling. The ﬁrst proposal reconstructed is Louis Le Vau's 1662 scheme and the second is the 1668 design of the "petit conseil" that still stands today. The initial results presented show how such reconstructions may aid general and expert understanding of the two designs. It is claimed that by formalizing the facade description into a shape grammar in CityEngine, a systematized approach to a stylistic analysis is possible. It is also asserted that such an analysis is still best understood in the historical context of what is known about the contemporary design intentions of the building creators and commissioners.