Building Types

This is a thourogh course about building systems and types. It seems rather simple, but there are a lot of factors that define structural building types and thus forms of architecture. It's true that buildings are classified according to thier principal activity; however, for our purpose, we must understand the distinguishing characteristics of each building type. In other words, what factors of design principles do architects keep in mind while designing each type of buildings/structures? Please refer to the Design a House section for in depth details.

When you study differnet types of buildings, you will be able to analysis the themes in each architecture building you see. The term Building Types means or refers to the functional factors in architecture. Buildings are built for practical use (commoditas or utility). There are many types of buildings which we will talk about in details:

  1. Residential Buildings
  2. Government Buildings
  3. Commercial Buildings
  4. Educational Buildings
  5. Agricultural Buildings
  6. Tall Building
  7. Other

Each of those has its own functional requirements, and each of those buildings types are intimately linked with the meaning of the architecture. However, some buildings are constructed simply to fill a need, while others are merely intended to be memorial tributes. We must understand that the uses of buildings change over time, and it is often instructive to compare current and past uses of a structure and its associated use.