Buildings Android App, Find Great Architecture
The Buildings Android app was created by architects as a mobile encyclopedia of thousands of structures from all around the world.
- Version: 1.0.9
- Size: 850KB (no apps2SD)
- Category: Travel & Local
- Price: Free
Buildings is an incredibly elegant app (as it should be) focusing on the beauty in and genius behind surrounding architecture. The over 40,000 buildings currently in the app’s database were crowd-sourced and assembled from countless architects and other users.
The app offers the ability to register an account or connect with Facebook if you’d like to add comments or your own photos. The homepage displays recently added and featured buildings so you’ll always have something new to browse. If you’d rather learn more about the places around you, click the Nearby button. Conveniently, the app uses general mobile networks (cell towers) to estimate your location, thus avoiding unnecessary battery drain from using GPS (that level of location precise isn’t really necessary). If too many results are returned, there’s options to filter buildings by their distance from you, architect, type (e.g. commercial, residential), or status (e.g. concept, under construction).
Building pages contain multiple photos, description, user comments, and general information like its address, year constructed, project type, etc. Unfortunately there isn’t quite as much detail about the actual design, construction, and architecture of the buildings as many would like to see. Hopefully as this app gains popularity, that will change. In any case, it’s great for design inspiration or general browsing purposes.
- Database of 40,000+ buildings
- Elegant, search/browse-centric interface
- Search worldwide or right around your current location
- Extensive results filtering options
Areas for improvement:
- Option to edit map view and refresh for new results
- Improve quantity and quality of architecture related information
Conclusion: An essential Android app for the architecture enthusiast, student, or anyone intrigued by the design, construction, or aesthetics of the buildings around them.
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