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Architectural style of a building Edit or translate this description.
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According to Wikipedia  architectural style characterizes a building by the features that make it notable and historically identifiable.

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One of the following attributes may be added to a building=*. The following ranges of the date of construction are just to group them. Styles might appear outside the given ranges.

600 - 1400

1400 - 1800

1800 - 1900

1900 - 1950

1950 - now

Inspiration for further values can be found in  Category:Architectural styles or article List of architectural styles on Wikipedia.

Mixed styles

If there is no style which dominates by far, use multiple values separated by semicolon beginning with the most dominant style. For example the monastery church in Beuron [1] can be tagged as building:architecture=baroque;neo-byzantine.

Used on Zanzibar by the NGT team

Key Value Description
building:architecture classic_swahili Term describing the style of a Swahili house in its most basic form usually with a baraza and entrance located either in the middle or to the side of the front elevation and without any additional decorative elements.  Swahili architecture
building:architecture omani Term describing buildings stylistically inspired by the Omani architecture found in Zanzibar.  Swahili architecture
building:architecture indian Term describing buildings stylistically inspired by the Indian architecture found in Zanzibar.  Swahili architecture
building:architecture british_colonial Broad stylistic term applied to buildings built during the period of the British Protectorate in Zanzibar.  Colonial_architecture#British_colonial_architecture
building:architecture art_deco Stylistic term defined by geometrical ornamentation, bold use of colours and lavish decoration.  Art_Deco#Architecture
building:architecture modernism Broad stylistic term describing structures which are thoroughly modernist in their concept, structure and appearance as well as the stylistic language of various typologies found in the area mainly defined by sparse use of decorative elements and/or application of geometrical forms, projecting horizontal slabs over the entrance, projecting geometrical sunshades over the windows and brise-soleil.  Modernism
building:architecture eclectic Term describing the architectural style of buildings which combine particular elements of various styles often with a historical reference. The term applies to all typologies found in the area and can be used to describe buildings with one or multiple citations of various styles in its architectural elements (i.e. the use of crenulations, columns or pilasters as decorative elements in one building).  Eclecticism in architecture
building:architecture hypermodern Term describing the architectural style of post-modern (contemporary) buildings often applying strong symbolical architectural expressions. Hypermodern buildings usually show little consideration to their climatic and physical context and are characterized by a mixed use of materials most often including glazing. Hypermodernism_(art)