The vestibule is a tiny chamber adjacent to the exterior entrance that connects it to the inside of the building in modern construction. The vestibule (Latin: vestibulum) was a partly enclosed space between the interior of the house and the street in ancient Roman architecture. In medieval Europe, this area was called the portico.
The word "vestibule" comes from Latin and means "a room or place for storing clothes". It is also the name of the area surrounding these rooms, which is used for such purposes.
In religious buildings the vestibule is often a quiet place where people can pray before entering a sanctuary.
In houses the vestibule usually contains items of convenience, such as hatches for rainwater runoff and shelves for hanging coats and hats.
Vestibules are commonly found in hotels and inns, where they provide a buffer zone between rooms that is free from unpleasant or hazardous substances. This is especially important for those who are allergic or sensitive to certain materials. Vestibules may also contain phones, televisions, radios, etc.
Finally, a vestibule is also a small, separate room within a church or chapel where priests prepare for their services by hearing confession and celebrating Mass.
The distinction between vestibule and foyer as nouns is that a vestibule is (architecture) a hallway, hall, or chamber, such as a lobby, between the exterior door and the inside of a structure, whereas a foyer is a lobby, corridor, or waiting room used in a hotel, theater, and so on. The words are used interchangeably in most buildings except government buildings and museums where the word "foyer" would not be appropriate because of security reasons.
In English law, the term "vestibule" has a specific meaning relating to the duty of care owed by landlords to their tenants. Under s.18 of the Housing Act 1988, a landlord who fails to maintain safe heating systems in his or her property may be liable for any damage caused to a tenant as a result. The court held in Rees v Mowlem 1 WLR 1233 that when a landlord allows a portion of his or her house to become damp due to a leak in the roof, this constitutes a breach of his or her duty under s.18 which gives rise to a cause of action in favor of the tenant.
In Canadian law, the same term is used to describe a hallway outside a apartment building entrance. In contrast to its use in the United States, there is no legal requirement that a building provide a vestibule; if it chooses to do so, however, it can.
That's referred to as a "cove junction" in a basement. If the room in issue isn't a basement, it's a wall-floor or a floor-wall junction.
The distinction is that an entrance is an aperture or hallway that allows entry into a structure, but a foyer is a lobby, corridor, or waiting area of a hotel, theater, or other establishment. Both terms can be used to describe any room or area where guests or visitors can wait before being admitted to meet with employees or representatives of the business.
In homes, the term "entryway" is commonly used to describe the portion of the door frame located above the floor level. This area is where you insert your key in order to open the door from without. On doors that do not have an entryway, such as cabinet doors or windows, it is common to see words like "Entry" written on them in marker. These are instructions for people who need to get inside the closed object but don't know the specific code to use when trying keys out of bedside tables or under seats.
Door frames are made up of several different components: header, stile, jamb, and sill. The header extends up over the opening of the door and functions as a roof for the entryway. It may be made of wood, steel, or aluminum. The stile attaches to the side of the door frame and serves as one component of the door jamb. It provides support for the door while also acting as a wall to mount hardware against.