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A Building is a term used to define a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place. Therefore a building can be any structure forming an open, partially enclosed, or enclosed space, having a roof supported by columns, pillars, or walls and intended for shelter, housing or enclosure of persons, animals or chattels. Further, a building should be based on a foundation and serviced by a utility; it is likely to also need maintenance and repair from time to time. This definition does not include any type of mobile home, recreational vehicle, boat or tent.

Building may also be used as a verb to mean the act of constructing or ‘building’ something. Then again building paper is a general term referring to sheets of materials used in construction that are made out of either paper, felt or similar material.


The very first buildings may have been the caves that were used as shelters by the caveman. From this need based building, humans progressed to buildings as a craft and architecture advanced to an extent that even modern houses try to emulate their predecessors in grace and style. The Roman architecture with the Colosseum and the Greek with the Parthenon are cases in point.

Weather friendly

Buildings, as a rule, mirror the weather, climate and the natural environment of the place. A cold place usually has buildings with sloping roofs and insulated walls. In the east the bungalows of India have deep verandas running around the sides of the house to keep the heat and the sun away from the inner rooms. In very rainy areas, prone to flooding, houses are built on stilts.

To keep pace with the moving times, since people have little time to enjoy things of beauty, buildings of the modern day, have become increasingly functional and minimally aesthetic.