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This tag is specifically for questions about the names of buildings, constructions, architectural styles and design. Use this tag if you want to know the difference in meaning between certain words in connection to architecture.

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What is a building with two floors called?

In American English, the first floor is the floor that is on the same level with ground, which is called ground floor in British English. And British first floor is American second floor. Given this, ...
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What would you call these interior balconies? Interior balconies or just the second/third/etc. story? (AmE)

I am talking about those balcony structures that often partly jut out over the story below them. For example, in the atrium of a mall or in a fancy mansion. In the first picture, that balcony wraps ...
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Are mezzanine and loft interchangeable in American English and Canadian English? If not, what's the difference?

Ok, so I have tried to get to the bottom of all this but I ended up even more confused. According to Cambridge Dictionary, the structure I have put a circle around is a mezzanine because the ...
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Are these three structures pavilions in American and Canadian English?

Are these three structures pavilions in American and Canadian English?
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Are these called roller shutters in the US and Canada or not?

Or are they called security blinds/shutters? I mean the covers covering the windows and the entrances of those stores in a mall.
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What is the difference an entryway, entry, entrance hall, vestibule, foyer and mudroom?

All six terms refer to areas which are directly behind the door of a home and lead to other rooms. What's the difference? Also, are entries and entryways rooms or not?
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Publicly accessible balcony with doors to private apartments

In Swedish, there's something called loft. It's a sort of balcony that anyone can access and from there enter their apartments (looking like this) as opposed to an windowless staircase inside the ...
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If a porch doesn't have a roof, would you still call it "porch"?

Dictionaries say a porch must have a roof. Does it mean native English speakers never say "porch" if there's no roof or at least some awning above the door? If, as applied to the following ...
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Console… scroll-shaped bracket for supporting a projecting member, such as a cornice or shelf

Console can be defined as "an often scroll-shaped bracket used for decoration or for supporting a projecting member, such as a cornice or shelf". Does "cornice or shelf" refer to ...
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Difference between flat and apartment [closed]

Could you please differentiate between flat and apartment. I am a bit confused about using them.
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Does my description of "wok wall" make any sense to native speakers?

I am going to describe a wall called wok wall in China. Can I say "A Wok wall is one with a semi-circle extension on the top middle, making the top of wall like a wok with a pair of handles and ...
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How do I translate 'подъезд' into English?

How do I translate 'подъезд' into English? What are these? There are walls between separate pod'yezds inside so once you've walked into a certain pod'yezd you get access only to a specific section of ...
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What is a balcony on the top floor or the rooftop of a building called?

I know a room or an apartment on the top floor or on the rooftop can be called an attic or a penthouse depending on the room or the apartment. I wonder what a balcony on the rooftop or on the top ...
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What do you call the upper areas of a theater?

What do you call the upper areas of a theater? Is there a word for it? I thought balcony would be the word, but it only refers to a single one of them. Is there a word that refers to them all?
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Is there a name for the large holes in some Gothic cathedrals?

Do you just call them arched holes? I doubt that's the word we use, but I have no idea what we call them. I am referring to the 4 large elongated holes in front of the cathedral on the upper part.
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What's the best word to describe the harsh, unaesthetic exterior of a building?

Take the image of this building for instance, a good percentage of people would say that it's not pleasant to look at. No colorful tiles, no fancy arcs. In short, it's "harsh-looking." I'm ...
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Is it called a "platform"?

This is the exact picture of my building. (2) & (3) are raised flat surfaces. (3) is higher than (2) and (2) is higher than (1). To go to the pool or building, I have to walk across (1), then ...
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Is it correct to refer to an apartment block as a "house"?

Is it correct to refer to an apartment block as a "house"? What is the semantic relationship between the words 'building', 'house', and 'apartment block'? House and apartment block are two ...
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What does shafted tall means?

From "A Florida Sunday." by Sidney Lanier: High roofs of temples shafted tall with pines -- Green, grateful mangroves where the sand-beach shines -- I can't make sense of what exactly shafted tall ...
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What does “plate” mean in the context of building?

per Cambridge, plate means a flat piece of something that is hard and does not bend so, when talking about brick wall, plate layout means a flat piece of bricks, shown like the following image (...
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What is the common term to express the barrier of a balcony?

The barrier of a balcony could by built in many forms like these or or or Should we call it "balcony railings" or "balcony fence"?
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What are "the high ends of castles" called?

What are the high ends of castles when they take the shape of tapered ends above the towers in them called? I have drawn orange circles around some of them here in the picture: Are they, by any ...
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What do you call a balcony above another balcony in a stadium?

What do you call a balcony above another balcony in a stadium? As you can see, there's 2 balconies, or balcony section separated by a LCD panels and I was wondering if these balconies were even called ...
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the best description for a specific style of building (Central European type)

I'm looking for the best description of a particular type of apartments. I also attach a picture to illustrate what I'm trying to say. There is a building in which there are several apartments on each ...
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What is the small room in the entrance of the flat called?

Where I live, many apartments are build in a way that after you open the door of an apartment, then you have a small room "entrance room" in which people can put their shoes or other things, and from ...
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What do you call the windows that run the length of a building?

[ What are they called? Wall windows?
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An outbuilding that is united with the main building

I was trying to find a word for a building that was built as an outbuilding but was afterward(s) united with the main building. Outbuilding says: a building, such as a shed, barn, or garage, on the ...
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Are "Arc" and "Arch" interchangeable?

I've checked the dictionaries and both words have a common meaning: arc - a shape or structure resembling an arc. arch - a curved symmetrical structure spanning an opening and typically supporting ...
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stairwell or staircase

What is the word for the building where the stairs are located stairwell or staircase or stairway? Is that in the image stairwell or staircase or stairway?
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Difference between a "block" and a "building" in this situation

Here is a brief description about my residence: There are around fifty apartment buildings in ABC Garden. Each building has thirty stories, and there are 10 flats in each story. One day, a ...
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What is the difference between corridor and hall way [closed]

My understanding is that corridor means there is no doors on both sides, and hall way means there are doors leading to rooms on both sides.
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Does "landing" strictly mean the area of the top of a staircase?

Ron was lying sprawled on his back with his mouth wide open, fast asleep. He did not stir as Harry crossed the room, stepped out onto the landing, and closed the door softly behind him. Trying not to ...
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What is "apartment landing"?

Context: "He's always been very polite and very quiet, though I didn't know him well. He always wore a tie, would walk to work. Nothing about him was particularly outstanding," she said on the ...
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Name or word for the edges in the top of windows outside the building/house

What is Name or word for the edges in the top of windows outside the building/house which are marked in the pictures? In most buildings/houses which is big where a person can stand or even sit. Not I'...
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Name or word for the edges in the side of the buildings

What is the word for the edges in the side of the buildings which are marked in the pictures? In some building which is big where a person can stand or even sit. Not I'm not referring balcony or porch....
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