Filipino Big Brother fans visit and take photos in front of the Pinoy Big Brother house in Quezon City, Philippines.

"It's a house like no other where cameras follow your every move and microphones capture your every word. This is the Big Brother House."— Big Brother U.S. (franchise)

The Big Brother House is where the contestants stay during their time on the show.

It functions as a real and livable home but is surrounded with several cameras, microphones and two way mirrors throughout the house. Although the interiors of the house are made to look like a house, it's actually located inside a studio where the production crew record everything through the two-way mirrors within a dark camera alley surrounding the house. Infrared cameras are also installed throughout the house which enables to capture the house while in complete darkness.

The house has the amenities of a typical house. It typically has two to three bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and dining area, a bathroom and toilet, a storage room, a backyard garden and a swimming pool. It has a special private room called Diary Room also called as Confession Room where the contestants voice out their feelings, give votes and usual talk with Big Brother. Some series like Big Brother Australia, Big Brother Germany and Pinoy Big Brother, there's an Activity Area/Arena where competitions and some tasks take place. In recent seasons, additional rooms have been added depending on the season's twists, these include an eviction room, a nomination room, and a secret room.

In some franchises like Big Brother U.S. and Big Brother Canada, there's a lavish room called Head of Household bedroom with a private bathroom and a spy viewing access to certain areas of the house.

Each season, the house is renovated with a particular theme, usually being connected to the season's main twist. Some seasons may feature various themed houses ranging from an empty house to two-neighboring houses depending on the twist.

The Houses Around the World

Big Brother US

For more information about the Big Brother House in the United States, check out here.

Big Brother Canada

For more information about the Big Brother House in Canada, check out here.

Big Brother UK

For more information about the Big Brother House in United Kingdom, check out here.

Pinoy Big Brother

For more information about the Big Brother House in the Philippines, check out here.

Big Brother Australia

For more information about the Big Brother House in Australia, check out here.

Big Brother Brazil

For more information about the Big Brother House in Brazil, check out here.

2018 House Changes

Along with the replacement of the Big Brother official logo with the 2018 rebrand logo, Endemol Shine also implemented technical changes into the house layout by lessening the use of one-way mirrors in the Big Brother House. The first seasons worldwide to adopt these new changes are:

  • Celebrity Big Brother 22 (UK) is the first season to have a house without any cameramen but instead have robotic cameras as their replacement in the camera runs.
  • Pinoy Big Brother: Otso is the first Big Brother season to completely remove the inner camera runs and one-way mirrors in the house layout, making it solely dependent on AI cameras scattered throughout the house.
  • Big Brother Poland 6 is the first Big Brother season to have a house set in a real house instead of the usual customized "studio set" house.

Trivia

  • The first ever Big Brother house was found in the Netherlands although it has been torn down already.
  • Big Brother U.S. House is the first Big Brother house to feature a complete two-story house.
  • Celebrity Big Brother Quebec 1 is the first Big Brother to have a three-story house.
  • Unlike most Big Brother houses, Pinoy Big Brother House has a facade that can be seen across the street when people pass by. Many super fans have taken photos in front of the infamous house.

References

Big Brother Gameplay
Note: Italicized terms exclusively appear on Big Brother versions that use North American format, while non-italicized terms may or may not appear on Big Brother versions internationally regardless of the format.
Big Brother House
Big Brother (voice) · Big Brother House · Big Brother Rule Book · Confession Room/Diary Room · 24-hour Rule · Big Utol · 100 Seconds Encounter · The Zingbot · First to Enter Curse
Tasks
Tasks · Weekly Task · Lucky Tasks
Nominations
Nomination Voting · Nomination Competition · Face to Face Nominations · Positive Nominations · People's Nominee
Eviction
Eviction Voting (Vote to Evict · Vote to Save · Vote to Win · Save-Evict Voting · America's Eviction Vote) · Do-or-Die Challenge (Hit The Road) · Forced Eviction · Voluntary Exit · Winner (Big Winner)
Challenges
Competitions · Immunity Competition · House Competition · Ligtask Challenge · Big Jump Challenge · Re-Entry Competition · The White Room · Gamechanger Competition · Food Competition · Have/Have-Not Competition · Hacker Competition
Social Dynamics
Housemates · Jury · Big Four · Guest · Teams · Head of Household · Head of House · Power of Veto · Have · Have-Not
Strategy
Alliance · Social Strategies · Competitive Strategies
Twists
Contestants

Returning Players · Teen Housemates · Celebrity Housemates · Wildcards · Housemate Exchange · Camp Star Hunt · Project DNA· House Player (America's Player · The Saboteur · Team America) · Coach · Clique


Eviction
Double Eviction · Triple Eviction · Mass Eviction · Instant Eviction · Camp Comeback · Premiere Night Eviction


House Related
Foreign House · Multiple Houses · Divided House · Secret Room/Secret House


Power Play
Pandora's Box · Secret Suite · Nominations Super Power · Eternal Immunity · Rewind Button · Care Package · Round Trip Ticket · Coup d'Etat · BB Takeover · BB App Store · Big Phone · Padaluck · Backwards Week · Tree of Temptation

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