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Building

Structure, typically with a roof and walls, standing more or less permanently in one place

A building, or edifice, is a structure with a roof and walls standing more or less permanently in one place, such as a house or factory. Buildings come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and functions, and have been adapted throughout history for a wide number of factors, from building materials available, to weather conditions, land prices, ground conditions, specific uses, and aesthetic reasons. To better understand the term building compare the list of nonbuilding structures.

Buildings serve several societal needs – primarily as shelter from weather, security, living space, privacy, to store belongings, and to comfortably live and work. A building as a shelter represents a physical division of the human habitat (a place of comfort and safety) and the outside (a place that at times may be harsh and harmful).

Ever since the first cave paintings, buildings have also become objects or canvasses of much artistic expression. In recent years, interest in sustainable planning and building practices has also become an intentional part of the design process of many new buildings.

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Jerusalem from BL Eg 1070, f. 5

Jerusalem from BL Eg 1070, f. 5

Full-page miniature of Jerusalem and the Dome of the Rock Image taken from f. 5 of Book of Hours, Use of Paris ('The Hours of René d'Anjou'). Written in Latin, calendar and rubrics in French.

The upper reaches of Frost Bank Tower, a prominent Austin, Texas, skyscraper

The upper reaches of Frost Bank Tower, a prominent Austin, Texas, skys...

Title, date, and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. The 33-story building was developed by Cousins Properties from November 2001 to December 2003. It was the first high- rise building t... More

Steam locomotives in the roundhouse of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Scenic Railroad in Durango, Colorado

Steam locomotives in the roundhouse of the Durango & Silverton Narrow ...

Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. Credit line: Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photograp... More

Bow Tower.  Calgary., Bernard Spragg Photo

Bow Tower. Calgary., Bernard Spragg Photo

Stretching 58 storeys high into the city skyline, The Bow has set the bar for office towers in Calgary. The architectural wonder, with its diagonal ribbons of crossbracing wrapping around a semicircular glass t... More

Paris Las Vegas., Bernard Spragg Photo

Paris Las Vegas., Bernard Spragg Photo

Paris Las Vegas is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation...The theme is the city of Paris, France; it includes a ha... More

David Octavius Hill - The Scott Monument under Construction

David Octavius Hill - The Scott Monument under Construction

Robert Adamson, David Octavius Hill..1843..Accession no. PGP HA 424 .Medium Calotype print .Size 20.10 x 14.90 cm .Credit Provenance unknown..For more information please select here ( http://www.nationalgalleri... More

Stained glass in Neiman Marcus store, San Francisco, California

Stained glass in Neiman Marcus store, San Francisco, California

Title, date, and keywords provided by the photographer. This stain glass in Neiman Marcus on Union Square, was once in The City of Paris store. The architectural centerpiece of the building is the original rotu... More

Sculpture "Eagle; Justice Above All Else" at Jacob K. Javitz Federal Building, New York, New York

Sculpture "Eagle; Justice Above All Else" at Jacob K. Javitz Federal B...

Artist: Theodore Roszak, 1970. Bronze. Photographed as part of an assignment for the General Services Administration. Title information, date, and subject note provided by the photographer. Credit line: Photogr... More

Innere Ansicht der katholischen Hof-Kirche zu Dresden

Innere Ansicht der katholischen Hof-Kirche zu Dresden

Sr. Königlichen Hoheit dem Prinzen Johann, Herzog zu Sachsen &c: &c in tiefster Ehrfurcht gewidmet von Philipp Weidner

Footbridges and Elaborate Commercial Building, S. China

Footbridges and Elaborate Commercial Building, S. China

Attributed to Felice A. Beato (Italy, 1825-1908) Italy, 1860 Photographs Albumen silver print. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Feldman (M.83.302.54)

[Holstengate, Lubeck, Germany], Vintage Postcard by Detroit Publishing Co.

[Holstengate, Lubeck, Germany], Vintage Postcard by Detroit Publishing...

Title from the Detroit Publishing Co., catalogue J foreign section. Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Photographic Company, 1905. Print no. "1879". Forms part of: Views of Germany in the Photochrom print collection.

Færdselsbetjent, Sven Turck Photos

Færdselsbetjent, Sven Turck Photos

Traffic officer..KB id: turck_58725..Photo: Sven Türck (1897-1954)..Department of Maps, Prints and Photographs, The Royal Library, Denmark.

The wall of Tuan Cheng (Circular City) in Beihai Park

The wall of Tuan Cheng (Circular City) in Beihai Park

Format: Hand painted lantern slides...Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication...Part Of: Powerhouse Museum Collection..General information about the Powerhouse Museum Collection is available at (... More

Berlin 1937, Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral)

Berlin 1937, Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral)

Beskrivelse:Domkirken i Berlin. Pyntede gater i Berlin, Arbeidets dag (1. mai)/ Berlins 700 års jubileum. Store folkemengder, flagg med hakekors. Maistang. Berliner Dom..Fotograf: Thomas Neumann.År: 1937.Kamera... More

I.K. Inha, Helsinki d2005_132_640

I.K. Inha, Helsinki d2005_132_640

Tallberg Building on Aleksanterinkatu. / Tallbergin talo Alkesanterinkadulla..I.K. Inha.1908.Helsinki.Glass negative / lasinegatiivi.Accession Number / diaarinumero: d_2005_132_640.The Finnish Museum of Photogr... More

Tanks on parade in London at the end of World War I, 1918

Tanks on parade in London at the end of World War I, 1918

Photographer: Thomas Frederick Scales .Tanks on parade in London at the end of World War I, 1918.Dry plate glass negative .Reference No. 1/2-014078-G.Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association Collect... More

Kantoorgebouw Oranje Nassaumijnen | Oranje Nassaumijnen Office building

Kantoorgebouw Oranje Nassaumijnen | Oranje Nassaumijnen Office buildin...

Kantoorgebouw Oranje Nassaumijnen, Heerlen, 1931. Architect: D. Roosenburg. .Fotograaf: onbekend. Collectie NAi | TENT_n55..URL van deze afbeelding: zoeken.nai.nl/CIS/object/4194 ( http://zoeken.nai.nl/CIS/obje... More

Irving Trust Bldg., 1 Wall St.

Irving Trust Bldg., 1 Wall St.

JO8624 U.S. Copyright Office. No. C 20599. Copyright by Irving Underhill, Inc., N.Y.C.

Hudson Engineering Co, Carthage plant

Hudson Engineering Co, Carthage plant

Title: Hudson Engineering Co, Carthage plant ..Creator: Robert Yarnall Richie ..Date: October 1949..Place: Carthage, Texas ..Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie Photograph Collection..Physical Description: 1 t... More

[Southern Pacific Sunset Limited Lounge, Budd Company]

[Southern Pacific Sunset Limited Lounge, Budd Company]

Title: [Southern Pacific Sunset Limited Lounge, Budd Company]..Creator: Richie, Robert Yarnall, 1908-1984..Date: June 1950..Series: Series 6: Negatives and Color Transparencies ( http://digitalcollections.smu.e... More

[Master Bedroom, Theodore Newton Law Residence]

[Master Bedroom, Theodore Newton Law Residence]

Title: [Master Bedroom, Theodore Newton Law Residence]..Creator: Richie, Robert Yarnall, 1908-1984..Date: October 30, 1965..Place: Houston, Texas..Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie photograph collection..Physical ... More

Historic Electric City sign, restored in 2008, shines again. Scranton, Pennsylvania

Historic Electric City sign, restored in 2008, shines again. Scranton,...

Title, date, and subjects provided by the photographer. Credit line: Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Gift and purchase ; Carol M. Highsmith; 2009; (DLC/PP-201... More

Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company Plant, Between Joseph Campau & Conant Avenues, Hamtramck, Wayne County, MI

Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company Plant, Between Joseph Campau & Conant...

Significance: It served as the major manufacturing and assembly plant for the Dodge automobile and is the last large reinforced concrete automobile plant left in the Detroit area. The Dodge factory led to the ... More

Apothecary shop from BL Sloane 1977, f. 49v

Apothecary shop from BL Sloane 1977, f. 49v

Miniature of an apothecary's shop with apothecary jars and boxes on shelves, a seated man holding a cover jar, and a flat dish on a hook used for mixing ingredients. Image taken from f. 49v of Circa instans (in... More

Patient and physicians from BL Royal 15 E II, f. 77v

Patient and physicians from BL Royal 15 E II, f. 77v

Detail of a miniature of two physicians examining a patient, at the beginning of book 5. Image taken from f. 77v of De proprietatibus rerum in French (Livre des proprietez des choses). Written in French.

(From left) Sgt. Chris Sexton, a heavy equipment operator,

(From left) Sgt. Chris Sexton, a heavy equipment operator,

(From left) Sgt. Chris Sexton, a heavy equipment operator, Spc. Zachariah Buckner, a plumber and Sgt. Aaron Duford, an election with the 1151st Engineering Company, Alabama National Guard, 82nd Sustainment Brig... More

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama, key meeting place during civil rights movement and site of 1963 bombing, designated as National Historic Landmark

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama, key meeting plac...

Photographs Documenting the Secretary's Activities, and Agency Officials, Events, Programs, and Managed Sites

Organ from the Dutch Reformed Church at Scheemda with depiction of Jesse Tree

Organ from the Dutch Reformed Church at Scheemda with depiction of Jes...

Orgel van gepolychromeerd eikenhout uit de Nederlands Hervormde Kerk te Scheemda. De pijpenbundels zijn in zeven groepen verdeeld. Op de rechter deur aan de binnenzijde zijn voorstellingeen van De Geboorte en D... More

Ambrogio Brambilla - Thermen van Diocletianus te Rome

Ambrogio Brambilla - Thermen van Diocletianus te Rome

Gezicht op de Thermen van Diocletianus. Links een oude watertank. De prent maakt deel uit van een album.

Etienne Duperac - Mausoleum van Augustus

Etienne Duperac - Mausoleum van Augustus

Op de verso is een vage afdruk van een onbekende prent zichtbaar.

Old St. Paul's Cathedral, London, seen from the East

Old St. Paul's Cathedral, London, seen from the East

Wenceslaus Hollar (Bohemian, Prague 1607–1677 London)

Village Road from Regiunculae et Villae Aliquot Ducatus Brabantiae

Village Road from Regiunculae et Villae Aliquot Ducatus Brabantiae

Claes Jansz. Visscher (Dutch, Amsterdam 1586–1652 Amsterdam)

Giacomo Lauro - Thermae Novatianae te Rome

Giacomo Lauro - Thermae Novatianae te Rome

Gezicht op de Thermae Novatianae te Rome, vandaag de dag de kerk de Santa Pudenziana. Tekst in het Latijn in ondermarge. De prent maakt deel uit van een album.

Brug over waterval naast rond gebouw met een koepel

Brug over waterval naast rond gebouw met een koepel

Bridge over waterfall next to round building with a dome

Langsdoorsnede van de Villa Giustiniani-Cambiaso te Genua

Langsdoorsnede van de Villa Giustiniani-Cambiaso te Genua

Deze prent maakt deel uit van een album.

View of the Abbey of Egmond-Binnen

View of the Abbey of Egmond-Binnen

Gezicht op de abdij te Egmond-Binnen. De abdij is omgeven door een muur, in het omringend landschap wandelaars en reizigers. Pendant van SK-A-990.

Christoffel van Sichem II - Huwelijk van Tobias en Sara

Christoffel van Sichem II - Huwelijk van Tobias en Sara

Raguel geeft Tobias de hand van zijn dochter Sara om haar tot vrouw te nemen. Sara's moeder staat te huilen. De prent maakt deel uit van een album.

Interior of the Oude Kerk in Delft from the Choir toward the Portal

Interior of the Oude Kerk in Delft from the Choir toward the Portal

Gezicht in de Oude Kerk te Delft vanuit het koor richting portaal.

Interior of a Protestant Gothic Church with Motifs from the Oude and Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam

Interior of a Protestant Gothic Church with Motifs from the Oude and N...

Interieur van een protestantse gotische kerk met motieven van de Oude en de Nieuwe Kerk te Amsterdam. Gezicht in de kooromgang waar een man spreekt met een grafdelver. Bij het geopend graf spelen twee honden

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