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What do we call this part of the room?

I am looking for the correct word for this part of the room. I have always called it a “low-roof room”. However, I am not sure whether it is correct.

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I think most English speakers would refer to that as a loft.

  1. loft (n.) floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage

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    Loft is probably the most common usage, but balcony might also work. – Mark Ripley Feb 12 '17 at 11:19
  • Good point. I guess I think of balconies as needing to have an entrance of some kind other than a ladder – Rich Feb 12 '17 at 11:25
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    I think of a balcony as strictly outside. Something inside, like in the picture, is a loft. – stangdon Feb 12 '17 at 17:08
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    Balconies can be inside, at least in America. The upper level of a theater is called the balcony. – Rob K Jun 13 '17 at 15:06
  • A balcony can be inside, but as @MadGab says it is generally reached from the upper floor to which it is attached, not by climbing from a lower floor (unless you're Romeo). – 1006a Jun 13 '17 at 15:21
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An intermediate floor is known as a mezzanine

Described as: The lowest balcony or forward part of such a balcony in a theater.

A low-ceilinged stor(e)y between two other stories of greater height in a building, usu. built immediately above the ground floor, esp. when the low story and the one beneath it form part of one composition.

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In the UK we would refer to it as a mezzanine. I am not presently allowed to up vote otherwise I would have.

Lofts/attics are usually enclosed spaces above the 'living' areas. Balconies are usually only exterior (unless in very old/large houses).

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I can think of loft - a space at the top of a building under the roof used for storing things and usually entered by a ladder, or sometimes made into a room for living in; an upper floor or room

However, In Russia we call it "второй ярус" - second storey, some people call it "надстройка" - superstructure or "второй уровень" - second level and I've also heard people refer to it as "upstairs".

Such rooms are called "two-level rooms"

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Balcony: (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/balcony)

Define balcony: a raised platform that is connected to the side of a building and surrounded by a low wall or railing

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  • This isn't a bad suggestion. I think it attracted a downvote because of the definition you used. Neither M-W definition is great for this example, but the second would probably be the better of the two. The one you picked refers to something external. Generally, though, a balcony is something that projects out from a wall, overhanging something below. What's pictured does project out for half the width, so it's arguably a balcony. – fixer1234 Jun 13 '17 at 17:18

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