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Last edited 13 Aug 2023
Types of hall
A hall normally refers to a large space or meeting room, it may also describe a large residence but might also used as the shortened version of hallway. A hallway (sometime hall for short) previously described the passageway leading to the main room of the building, similar to a corridor, also referred to as a gallery (though this may be at a higher level and open on one side). Today the term hall is used to describe a variety of covered interior spaces used for a variety or purposes, some examples of which are given below.
An arrivals hall usually refers to the area of an airport terminal that is reserved for the arrival of passengers, once they have passed through the various border controls. Normally a collection point.
City hall refers to an administrative building for municipal government, such as London city hall, a purpose built building in Southwark which served as the headquarters of the Greater London Authority (GLA) until the end of 2021 when city hall was relocated to the Crystal in the Royal Victoria Docks area of East London.
A community hall, is a space used for meetings and gatherings of residents of a certain area, it is the equivalent of a village hall in rural areas, often combined with other uses such as a social space, bar and sports or activity area.
A concert hall is a building or a large room within a building designed to house concerts, often of classical music but not exclusively. One of the best known concert halls in the UK is the Royal Albert Hall, concert hall located in the City of Westminster, London, also a major London landmark.
A conference hall is a room, usually fairly large which provides space for business conferences or meetings with a significant number of people, it serves the same function as a conference room designed to accommodate a fewer number of people, usually around a table or stage often with presentation and audio visual equipment.
A convention hall (also called a convention centre) is a large, often, multi-purpose space, usually with reduced structural columns designed to house business exhibitions, events, meetings and conferences. The term is usually used in the US, whilst exhibition hall is usually used in the UK.
A dining hall is traditionally a relatively large space, often with a long table for fine dining, the term may also be used to describe a cafeteria in for example a school building where students are served and eat lunch.
Exhibition hall - a large, often, multi-purpose space, usually with reduced structural columns designed to house business exhibitions, events, meetings and conferences. The term is usually used in the UK, whilst convention hall or convention centre is usually used in the US and Canada, to mean the same.
A food hall is a covered outdoor space or building with a series of stalls or stands selling different types of foods and drank, it may also be a covered space selling other items and referred to as a market hall.
A hallway (sometime hall for short) previously described the passageway leading to the main room of the building, similar to a corridor, also referred to as a gallery (though this may be at a higher level and open on one side).
A moot hall is a type of assembly hall or meeting space, the terms itself being an old English word meaning an assembly. Originally in Anglo-Saxon England, these were dug earthwork rings, sunken slightly into the ground, where local people would meet and discuss local affairs and decision making.
Music hall described a type of theatre entertainment and the building housing it, which was very popular during the early Victorian period. The first purpose built music hall is said to have been Canterbury Hall in Lambeth, which opened in 1852, with a capacity for 700 people, seated at tables, and served food and drink during the musical performance. Music halls continued through the 1900's, with the last surviving until around 1960, they were in many respects replaced by variety theatre, housed in more formal buildings in Edwardian times known as empires, palaces, coliseums and hippodromes.
A prayer hall is a large hall used for worship, it is commonly associated with Islam and is often the main space within a mosque. Traditionally the space is male only with women normally worshipping on a balcony at the back of the prayer hall.
Residence halls are buildings with individual rooms or apartments, often with shared toilets and kitchens, they are usually built by universities or colleges, for students to live during the academic year. In the UK residence halls are normally referred to as halls of residence.
A Town hall is a building that is used for the administration of local government, often housed in Victorian buildings though in more recent years many towns have reconciled various historical workspaces into newer more efficient spaces.
A sports all is usually a large high ceiling space, equipped to play a variety of different sports undercover. They are often a part of a larger school, college, university or community facility. There is specific design guidance for multpurpose halls, indicating the best floor plan size, layout and ceiling height to allow a variety of sports to be played within the same space.
A village hall, sometimes referred to as a community hall is usually a simple building used for the administration of a village, often combined with other uses such as a social space, bar and sports area.
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