The eremitical rule of the Carthusian Order, which was founded by Bruno of Cologne in 1084, is reflected on the architectural system and on the structures of Carthusian monasteries. The cell, placed around the cloister, allows the monk to contemplate the divine in solitude and silence, by alternating and associating the private dimension of the hermitage to the community and coenobitic one of the monastery.
The aim of the research, which included the use of digital technology to document the state of conservation of the Florence Charterhouse monk’s cells, is the definition of a diagnostic framework and an abacus of constructive and decorative elements of the complex, which is functional to the understanding of these places. The cells, located in the north-east and south-east sides of the main cloister, have been carefully documented through laser scanning and photogrammetric survey campaigns, close range and at high altitude, flanked by the census work. For each cell, 2D and 3D drawings have been realized, generating an inedited documental system, through which it is possible to explore the important architectonic complex. One of the goals of the research is to provide, through a digital multidimensional and implementable in time database, a valid support for the comparison between the Florence Charterhouse implantation and other Italian Carthusian monasteries, including the Pavia Charterhouse.