Fractal Geometry of Architecture

Fractal Dimension as a Connection Between Fractal Geometry and Architecture
  • Wolfgang E. Lorenz
Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)


In Fractals smaller parts and the whole are linked together. Fractals are self-similar, as those parts are, at least approximately, scaled-down copies of the rough whole. In architecture, such a concept has also been known for a long time. Not only architects of the twentieth century called for an overall idea that is mirrored in every single detail, but also Gothic cathedrals and Indian temples offer self-similarity. This study mainly focuses upon the question whether this concept of self-similarity makes architecture with fractal properties more diverse and interesting than Euclidean Modern architecture. The first part gives an introduction and explains Fractal properties in various natural and architectural objects, presenting the underlying structure by computer programmed renderings. In this connection, differences between the fractal, architectural concept and true, mathematical Fractals are worked out to become aware of limits. This is the basis for dealing with the problem whether fractal-like architecture, particularly facades, can be measured so that different designs can be compared with each other under the aspect of fractal properties. Finally the usability of the Box-Counting Method, an easy-to-use measurement method of Fractal Dimension is analyzed with regard to architecture.


Fractal Dimension Reduction Factor Fractal Geometry Construction Rule Small Detail 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Digital Architecture and Planning (IEMAR) E259.1, Institute of Architectural SciencesVienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria

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