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BEAUTY AND JUDGMENT: Analyzing Libeskind’s Modern Additions to Classical Museums

Year: 2023

Presenter Name: Madison Rosser

Background: Daniel Libeskind has designed modern additions to classical buildings throughout his career. My research project revolves around the subject of architectural beauty and judgment. This topic was chosen because the presentation of the relationship between coexisting architectural elements needs to be explored. An analysis of judgments made towards buildings that meet the criteria listed below will be performed. It will be interesting to discover which architectural elements will attract more attention- the classical or the modern elements. When one comes across a building's façade, they make an immediate and subconscious decision of what exactly draws their attention. Two buildings will be analyzed through eye tracking emulation software. These two buildings will meet the following criteria below:
  • The building has an addition/extension designed by Daniel Libeskind.
  • Both modern and classical architectural elements coexist on the building's main façade.
  • The building is a museum.
  • The following points listed below will be evident throughout this research project:
  • Beauty is measurable.
  • Formal and spatial beauty help create a successful façade.
  • There are physical characteristics that help identify beautiful buildings.
Using the Photoshop 3M VAS software, an experiment will be conducted to analyze two buildings (that meet the criteria listed above) to analyze the user's experience further. Located in Germany, the main facades of both the Military History Museum and the Jewish Museum will be analyzed.
It is proposed that the software will reveal that the classical architectural elements will draw more attention than the modern architectural elements on a building's façade.
University / Institution: Utah Valley University
Type: Poster
Format: In Person
Presentation #A20
SESSION A (9:00-10:30AM)
Area of Research: Architecture
Faculty Mentor: Brandon Ro