13 Popular And Common Types Of Buildings

13 Popular And Common Types Of Buildings

More and more these days, everywhere you look, there are buildings. It’s hard to find land that is untouched and undeveloped because, every year, more buildings go up. It’s progress. Did you know that even though it seems like there are an unlimited number of building types, there are actually a relatively small number that are used worldwide – at least in a basic sense.

When we say types of buildings, we are not referring to structure types (composite, membrane, shell, frame, etc.), we are not talking about types of building construction (pre-engineered, concrete frame, steel frame, wood frame, etc.), nor are we talking about architecture (postmodern, modern, Victorian, neoclassical, Gothic, etc.).

Check out these 13 common/popular building types/classifications.

Building Types

Office buildings can consist of the following:

  • Walk up
  • Office towers

Retail buildings include several types:

  • Malls
  • Big-box
  • Services/boutiques/shops

Residential buildings most commonly include the following:

  • Condominiums
  • Apartments
  • Townhouses
  • Detached single-family

Hospitality buildings have, thus far, the most including the following:

  • Restaurants
  • Hostels
  • Bed and breakfasts
  • Resorts
  • Motels
  • Hotels

Institutional civic buildings surpass the number of hospitality buildings and include:

  • Post offices
  • Prisons
  • Fire/police
  • Court houses
  • Museums
  • Community centers
  • Libraries
  • Clinics and hospitals

Multipurpose buildings can include:

  • Mall/office space
  • Multipurpose skyscraper

Buildings for gatherings include a handful:

  • Conference centers
  • Auditoriums
  • Theaters
  • Arenas
  • Stadiums

Religious buildings, though there may be more, basically consist of the following:

  • Synagogues
  • Monastery
  • Cathedrals
  • Mosques
  • Temples
  • Churches

Industrial buildings, though there seem to be limitless types, basically boil down to these:

  • Nuclear plants
  • Water treatment plants
  • Power plants
  • Storage facilities
  • Distribution centers
  • Warehouses
  • Factory
  • Manufacturing plants

Educational buildings consist of the following:

  • Technical
  • University
  • Colleges
  • High schools
  • Middle
  • Elementary
  • Preschools

Agricultural buildings only include a few:

  • Chicken coops
  • Silos
  • Greenhouses
  • Barns/stables

Transportation buildings for Terminals include:

  • Buses
  • Trains
  • Airports
  • Ferry/ship

Recreational buildings house all sorts of fun activities and include the following:

  • Indoor trampoline parks
  • Public swimming pools
  • Ice rinks/roller rinks
  • Indoor climbing gyms
  • Bowling alleys
  • Fitness centers

Now for Some Commonly Asked Questions

Q: When is a building permit required – what size building?

A: Depending on where you live, buildings may or may not require a permit regardless of size. Strict requirements are usually in place in areas that are more densely populated.

Q: Why are so many buildings abandoned?

A: A business or family has to move, a different location may be more cost-effective, too many repairs are needed, and the list goes on and on. The owner’s asking price may be too high and so new occupants can’t afford to move in. Then again, the building or location may be obsolete. Example: No building permits are needed in Missouri, but in Florida, any time a structure is being altered or erected, owners and contractors must obtain a building permit.

Q: What is the average weight of a building?

A: Tiny homes and other small buildings can weigh under 10,000 pounds. The world’s largest building weighs in at an astounding 1.5 billion pounds plus.

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