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Contextual Fit

How these elements fit into the space when solving a problem.

No space or design activity takes place in a vacuum, and the design should be completely integrated into the space and not alter or disrupt the activity area. A good design considers the activity or reaches and the overall impact, and things should be in harmony with the activity and the environment.

The term “context” refers to an external aspect affecting the structure and the location. Contextual variables include the natural and artificial environment and the characteristics of the surrounding environment. 

Generally speaking, the context dictates the architectural style, exterior architecture, enclosure, material selection, and site layout, which are critical in creating an effective design solution. These things help maintain a sense of continuity between the building and the surrounding environment.

Buildings do not exist in a vacuum, or the people who inhabit them. They are designed to shelter, support, and inspire various human activities in response to socio-cultural, economic, and political demands. They are constructed within natural and artificial surroundings, restricting and providing growth opportunities.

Contextual components include both physical and non-physical aspects. Physical components such as roads, land contours, and buildings are material elements. In contrast, non-physical aspects such as local culture, weather conditions, and economic and political limitations are non-physical elements.

Existing patterns and qualities of the Facade fabric can serve as indications or beginning points for addressing site development and building design, affecting the layout of the structure and the choice of materials, textures, and colors in its construction.

The elements of context in architecture:

Contextual components include both physical and non-physical aspects.

Local culture and weather conditions are biological, whereas political and economic limitations are non-physical components. 

Physical elements include structures like buildings, roads, and land contours. As a result, master planning begins with an evaluation of the ecology of the site and its surrounding environment. We must understand what has already been established and what needs to be added.