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When designing a building, it is more important for a building to serve a purpose than to look beautiful. So the most important thing to take into account is the intended use of the building rather than its outward appearance. However many architects don’t worry about producing a building as a work of art then; which one is more importance: the function or the appearance for a building.

当设计一个建筑,更重要的是建筑必须为一个目的服务而不是看起来漂亮,因此最需要考虑的东西应该是建筑的使用功能而不是外观。然而很多建筑师不担心自己的设计作为艺术的一部分。你认为是建筑的功能性更重要还是外观更重要呢?

The rapid economic, technological and societal advancement in the latest decades has brought scores of new buildings across the world at a spectacular rate. For many artists, architecture is more than providing a shelter for people. Besides, they value it as an aesthetic design. However, some pragmatists criticize the view of some artists. saying the intended use is the priority when designing a building. From my perspective, I share my view with the pragmatists.

It is no denying that the function overrides the appearance when it comes to the architecture design, since the fundamental goal of a building is to serve a purpose. For architects, the heating, lighting and drainage system are all listed above the appearance of a building, since obviously no one wants to live in an inconvenient, uncomfortable house, though beautiful. Furthermore, under the modern guidance of energy conservation, architects still value the ideology of environmental protections over the beauty, because an ecological house can provide substantial benefits in a long term perspective.

Nevertheless, on the other side, appearance should be taken into consideration when it does not conflict with function, for beauty is always the man’s pursuit. A building, first at least, should not spoil the landscape of the city, for a pleasant environment is important as well for urban residents. Besides, a meaningful, creative and unique architecture can become the landmark of a city or a country, such as Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall and Big Ben which tell the story of its nation in a particular period or represent its nation’s culture and spirits.

Overall, I believe the function of the building is the foundation of its appearance. However, when the function is guaranteed and the two elements do not have conflicts, architects should take the beauty into account as well.

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