Building Types

Very few buildings are built as pure architecture. Some monuments and certain historic religious shrines have little actual function however almost all buildings are put up for a specific purpose and to fulfil a particular function. Aside from the 'style' which an architect may adopt in designing a building, an equally important consideration is the use to which the building may be put. Most people are conservative in their habits and in their way of thinking about the buildings which they use: a consequence of this fact is that, in architecture, certain patterns have evolved for different types of buildings which have become accepted as characteristic of the form that a particular use dictates. Often it is the pattern of use and the function which a building is required to fulfil that dictates its appearance. Building types provide an important key to understanding much of national and international architecture.

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