Lobby (room)

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2 World Trade Center lobby interior, overlooking the elevator core and red carpet from the balcony (October 1988)
Opera House of Paris, Palais Garnier's grand salon

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 often is a large room or complex of rooms (in a theatre, opera house, concert hall, showroom, cinema, etc.) adjacent to the auditorium. It is a repose area for spectators and place of venues, especially used before performance and during intermissions 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 to the elevator but instead as social spaces and places of commerce.[1][2] Some research has even been done to develop scales to measure lobby atmosphere to improve hotel lobby design.[3] Many office buildings, hotels and skyscrapers go to great lengths to decorate their lobbies to create the right impression and convey an image.[4][5][6]

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  • The dictionary definition of foyer at Wiktionary
  • Media related to Lobbies (room) at Wikimedia Commons