Context typically encompasses three areas of consideration: physical, cultural, and intended use. Firstly, you should consider the physical location of the project when choosing materials, because the location itself could limit your choices. You should also be aware that society has built-in expectations for the types of building you design. You’ll find it easier to work within these normal parameters and not shoot “entirely” off the baseline. Your materials will generate a higher level of satisfaction if they fit the culture of the building’s intended use and location. Furthermore, the materials should assist those who work there to perform their jobs efficiently..
Will your materials stand the test of time? Will they be durable enough to withstand the necessary traffic? Rare or hard-to-manufacture materials may look stunning when incorporated into your designs but could lead to glaring issues if damaged and in need of hard-to-match replacements. Additionally, extensive maintenance may be required to keep your building in prime condition. For example, VCT flooring will require regular maintenance to meet its rated lifespan, and protective coatings are often the best option for long-term performance. Concrete flooring, although durable and resistant, may require extensive caulking to keep damage from spreading.