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A lobby is a room in a building used for entry from the outside. Sometimes referred to as a foyer, reception area or an entrance hall, it is often a large room or complex of rooms (in a
theatre Theatre or theater is a collaborative form of performing art that uses live performers, usually actors or actresses, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place, often a stage. The performe ...

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opera house An opera house is a theater (structure), theatre building used for performances of opera. It usually includes a Stage (theatre), stage, an orchestra pit, audience seating, and backstage facilities for costumes and building sets. While some venue ...

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concert hall A concert hall is a cultural building with a stage that serves as a performance venue and an auditorium filled with seats. While early halls built in the 18th and 19th century were designed for classical orchestra An orchestra ...

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cinema Cinema may refer to: Film * Cinematography Cinematography (from ancient Greek Ancient Greek includes the forms of the Greek language used in ancient Greece and the classical antiquity, ancient world from around 1500 BC to 300 BC. It ...

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, etc.) adjacent to the
auditorium An auditorium is a room built to enable an audience to hear and watch performances. For movie theatres, the number of auditoria (or auditoriums) is expressed as the number of screens. Auditoria can be found in entertainment venues, community h ...

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. It may be a repose area for spectators, especially used before performance and during
intermission An intermission, also known as an interval in British and Indian English, is a recess between parts of a performance or production, such as for a theatrical play, opera Opera is a form of theatre in which music is a fundamental component a ...

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s, but also as a place of celebrations or festivities after performance. Since the mid-1980s, there has been a growing trend to think of lobbies as more than just ways to get from the
door A door is a hinged or otherwise movable barrier that allows ingress into and egress from an enclosure. The created opening in the wall is a ''doorway'' or ''portal''. A door's essential and primary purpose is to provide security by controlling a ...

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elevator Berlin U-Bahn, U-Bahn station in Berlin is built with glass walls and doors, exposing the inner workings. An elevator (North American English) or lift (Commonwealth English) is a type of wire rope, cable-assisted, hydraulic cylinder-assi ...

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but instead as social spaces and places of commerce. Some research has even been done to develop scales to measure lobby atmosphere to improve hotel lobby design. Many
office buildings An office is generally a building A building, or edifice, is a structure with a roof and walls standing more or less permanently in one place, such as a house or factory. Buildings come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and functions, and h ...
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hotel A hotel is an establishment that provides paid lodging on a short-term basis. Facilities provided inside a hotel room may range from a modest-quality mattress in a small room to large suites with bigger, higher-quality beds, a dresser, a refr ...

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skyscraper A skyscraper is a tall continuously habitable building having multiple floors. Modern sources currently define skyscrapers as being at least 100 metres or 150 metres in height, though there is no universally accepted definition. Skyscrapers are ...

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s go to great lengths to decorate their lobbies to create the right impression and convey an image.">A Building Lobby, "Way of Design, Book One"


Etymology

From
Medieval Latin Medieval Latin was the form of Latin Latin (, or , ) is a classical language belonging to the Italic languages, Italic branch of the Indo-European languages. Latin was originally spoken in the area around Rome, known as Latium. Through the p ...
''lobia'', ''laubia'' or ''lobium''.


Gallery

World Trade Center South Tower lobby interior, 1988.jpg,
2 World Trade Center 2 World Trade Center (also known as 200 Greenwich Street) is a skyscraper A skyscraper is a large continuously habitable building having multiple floors. Modern sources currently define skyscrapers as being at least 100 metres or 150 metres ...
lobby interior, overlooking the elevator core and red carpet from the balcony (October 1988) Palais Garnier's grand salon, 12 February 2008.jpg, Opera House of Paris,
Palais Garnier The Palais Garnier (, Garnier Palace) or Opéra Garnier (, Garnier Opera), is a 1,979-seatBeauvert 1996, p. 102. opera house An opera house is a theatre building used for performances of opera Opera is a form of theatre in which music ...

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's grand salon Apartment building lobby.jpg, Lobby of a contemporary apartment building in Washington, D.C. Landgericht Berlin, Littenstraße, Eingangshalle (2), 160906, ako.jpg,
Landgericht Berlin The Landgericht Berlin is a regional court in Berlin Berlin (; ) is the Capital city, capital and List of cities in Germany by population, largest city of Germany by both area and population. Its 3,769,495 inhabitants, as of 31 December 2019 ...
in Germany Sokos Hotel Torni Tampere lobby.jpg, Lobby at the Sokos Hotel Torni in Tampere, Finland GranHotelCiudadDeMexico201712p1.jpg, Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico Elevators vestibule with flower bouquets at InterContinental Hotel Singapore.jpg, Elevator lobby at the
InterContinental Hotel InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is a luxury hotel brand created in 1946 by Pan Am Pan American World Airways, originally founded as Pan American Airways and commonly known as Pan Am, was the principal and largest international air carrier ...
Singapore Lobby of the hotel Crowne Plaza Vientiane.jpg, Lobby of the
Crowne Plaza Crowne Plaza is a multinational chain of full service, upscale hotels headquartered in the United Kingdom. It caters to business travelers and the meetings and conventions market. It forms part of the InterContinental Hotels Group family of brand ...
Vientiane hotel in Laos Pless Palace - the Entrance Hall.jpg, in southwestern Poland Mauritius Intercontinental-Mauritius Resort-Balaclava-Fort-01.jpg, Lobby of the
InterContinental InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is a British luxury hotel brand created in 1946 by Pan American World Airways, Pan Am's founder Juan Trippe. It has been part of IHG Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group since 1998. As of November 202 ...
Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort Hudson Institute lobby.jpg, Reception area of the
Hudson Institute The Hudson Institute is a Conservatism in the United States, conservative United States of America, American think tank based in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1961 in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, by futurist, military strategy, military strat ...
in Washington, D.C. Synetic Theater lobby.jpg, Lobby of
Synetic Theater Synetic Theater is a non-profit physical theater company located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. It performs at the Crystal City Theatre in Arlington Virginia. Since its formation its productions have received numerous awards An ...
in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia, United States


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Atrium (architecture) In architecture, an atrium (plural: atria or atriums) is a large open-air or skylight covered space surrounded by a building. Atria were a common feature in Ancient Roman architecture, Ancient Roman dwellings, providing light and ventilation (arc ...
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Entryway An entryway is a hall In architecture upright=1.45, alt=Plan d'exécution du second étage de l'hôtel de Brionne (dessin) De Cotte 2503c – Gallica 2011 (adjusted), Plan of the second floor (attic storey) of the Hôtel de Brionne in ...

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Vestibule (architecture) 300px, A floor plan with a modern vestibule shown in red. A vestibule , also known as an arctic entry, is an anteroom {{Short pages monitor