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Areas around buildings

alley

noun

a narrow street or passage between or behind buildings

alleyway

noun

an alley

arcade

noun

a covered passage at the side of a building

back

noun

an outside area behind a house or other building

backyard

noun

an area behind a house covered with a hard brick or stone surface

blind alley

noun

a narrow path between or behind buildings, that is closed at one end

boma

noun

an area surrounded by a fence and sometimes covered with a dry grass roof, used for outdoor meals and parties

campus

noun

an area of land containing all the main buildings of a university

campus

noun

an area of land containing all the main buildings of a large company or organization

car park

noun

an area or a building where people can leave their cars for a short time

cloister

noun

a covered path around an open area in the centre of a large building such as a cathedral or monastery

close

noun

the area around a cathedral including the buildings belonging to it

court

noun

a courtyard

courtyard

noun

a square area that is surrounded by buildings or walls

deck

noun

a wooden floor that is built onto the outside of the back of a house. The usual British word is decking.

decking

noun

a wooden floor that is built outside a house or in a garden

driveway

noun

a drive in front of someone’s house

estate

noun

a very large area of land that belongs to one person, usually with a very big house on it

forecourt

noun

an open area in front of a large building or petrol station

front

noun

the area outside the part of a building that faces forwards

frontage

noun

the area in front of something such as a building or street

garden

noun

an area of land next to a house that belongs to the house, usually with grass and plants growing in it. The American word is yard

garden

noun

a section of an area of land next to or near a house that is used for growing flowers or vegetables

land

noun

an area that someone owns, often including the buildings on it. You can also refer to someone’s lands, and this has the same meaning

manor

noun

an area of land containing a manor

park

noun

an enclosed area of grass and trees surrounding a large country house

patio

noun

a flat area covered with stone, brick etc at the back of a house, where people can sit outside

peristyle

noun

in architecture, a line of columns that surrounds an outdoor space such as a garden inside a building, or the space surrounded by these columns

porch

noun

a veranda

precincts

noun

the area around an important building, especially a college or cathedral

quadrangle

noun

a square area in a school or university surrounded on all sides by buildings

situation

noun

the kind of area that surrounds a place, used especially by people who sell houses or property. A more usual word is location

square

noun

an open area of land in the shape of a square, usually with buildings around it. ‘Square’ is often used in the names of roads and can be written Sq

stoep

noun

a veranda (=open area with a floor and roof joined to a house) or series of wooden steps leading up to a house

stoop

noun

a raised area outside the front door of a house

sun deck

noun

a wooden structure around a house where you can sit and enjoy the sun

terrace

noun

a flat area outside a house, restaurant, hotel etc, used for sitting and eating meals

veranda

noun

a covered area along the outside of a house, often enclosed by a low wall

walkway

noun

a path that has been built for people to walk along, especially one that is above ground level and connects two buildings

wind tunnel

noun

a narrow place surrounded by high buildings where there is always a lot of wind

yard

noun

an enclosed area around a large building where people can do activities outside

yard

noun

a large open area used for a particular purpose

yard

noun

an area without grass at the back of a small house

yard

noun

a garden around a house

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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