Last edited 04 Nov 2020


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An entrance is an opening, such as a door or gate, that allows access to a place such as land, building or room. The word entrance is typically associated with the primary doorway giving access to a building. This might be referred to as the main entrance.

Entrances can also restrict access to a place, building or space, either by security mechanisms such as locks, or by staff controlling admission.

Architecturally, entrances are generally a key element of the overall composition of a building, and are typically clearly recognisable so that visitors are able to easily find their way into the building. Entrance might be signified by larger or more ornate doors, covered areas, porticos, lighting and so on. They may also include branding or other signage indicating that this is the entrance and who the occupants of the building are. Inside the entrance there may be a foyer, lobby or reception.

Types of entrance include:

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