The environment is the place where we live, work, study, and have a rest. We build our homes and create infrastructure there, but however progressive our constructions were, the environment is the only factor that determines how comfortable, solid, and durable the building will be. Architects always take into account the landscape, climate, and seismic activity in the area of construction to determine the situation and style of the building. The choice of materials for construction also depends on the outer characteristics of the location, especially on the severity of the local weather conditions. These and many more factors prove that architects are greatly interested in their environment.
Smart houses, green constructions and other new types of buildings require even greater dependence on the environment. They aim to make our lives more sustainable and take as much energy from the environment as possible. Thus architects argue that one does not need a home to cope with the environment. The construction shall rather take as much light and heat as nature can give and retain it in the building. Different types of window and ceiling constructions allow architects to achieve the desirable exchange of the energy between the building and the environment.
The outer design of modern constructions aims at beautifying the environment among other targets. Urban and rural landscapes often need to preserve their unique style or nature, which puts extra demands to architects. Whether a skyscraper or a small house, every building has its purpose and shall connect with other buildings in the area. So it is important to take into account other buildings and infrastructure as a man-made environment while making drafts of the further construction.