Mathematical Beauty in Architecture

Huib Koman, Stephan Luijks and and Arno Pronk
Bridges Leeuwarden: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2008)
Pages 55–62


Beauty is a universal theme. Architecture provides a different definition of beauty and how to create it compared with mathematical regularities. The fifteen properties of architectural beauty, as described by Christopher Alexander, will be compared with mathematical aspects in order to understand the relevance between the two. According to Alexander, architectural beauty is a result of fifteen interacting properties which are part of architecture. By performing a mathematical analysis on these fifteen properties a more objective description of beauty can be provided.