A lobby is a room in a building used for entry from the outside. Sometimes referred to as a foyer, reception area or entrance hall, it is often a large room or complex of rooms (in a theatre, opera house, concert hall, showroom, cinema, etc.) adjacent to the auditorium. It may be a repose area for spectators, especially used before performance and during intermissions, but also as a place of celebrations or festivities after performance. In other buildings, such as office buildings or condominiums, lobbies can function as gathering spaces between the entrance and elevators to other floors.
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. Some research has even been done to develop scales to measure lobby atmosphere to improve hotel lobby design. Many office buildings, hotels and skyscrapers go to great lengths to decorate their lobbies to create the right impression and convey an image.
The word "lobby" comes from Medieval Latin lobia, laubia or lobium.
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
Landgericht Berlin in Germany
Lobby at the Sokos Hotel Torni in Tampere, Finland
Elevator lobby at the InterContinental Hotel Singapore
Lobby of the Crowne Plaza Vientiane hotel in Laos
Pszczyna Castle in southwestern Poland
Lobby of the InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort
Reception area of the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C.
Lobby of Synetic Theater in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia, United States
Entryway of an apartment in the United States, looking at the front door
A "mudroom" at Camp Warren summer camp, Minnesota
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