Alcove in the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

In architecture, an alcove is a small recessed section of a room or an arched opening (as in a wall).[1] The section is partially enclosed by such vertical elements as walls, pillars and balustrades.[2]


The word alcove originates from Arabic: القبة [ʔalqubːa] (listen), al-, 'the', and qubbah, 'vault' (through the Spanish, alcoba).[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ "alcove". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Merriam-Webster, Inc. 2019. Archived from the original on 2019-02-02. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  2. ^ "Alcove". Designing Buildings Wiki. Archived from the original on 27 December 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2017.