dakkamer, noun

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Also with initial capital.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, dak roof + kamer room.
Architecture
A small room built on the flat roof of a Cape house at the centre of the facade, and incorporated into it by means of a pseudo-gable. Also attributive.
1951 L.G. Green Grow Lovely 33What was the purpose of the dak kamer? — the solitary room on the roof? Early writers on Cape architecture put forward the theory that the dak kamer was built so that the owner could watch the shipping...Dak kamer gables are different from all the other types.
1952 J. Walton Homesteads & Villages 19Dr. Cook has suggested that they were introduced from Amsterdam where, in the combined dwelling-warehouses, the Dak-kamer housed the gear for hoisting goods to the storerooms on the upper floors. The Dak-kamer gables are of the Cape-Flemish style, having a triangular pediment with flanking scrolls.
1960 M. Muller Art Past & Present 109They built single rooms on the roof as vantage-points — the Dak Kamer. A gable was then built round the window of the Dak Kamer.
1972 Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. VII. 75Martin Melck House, This former parsonage of the Lutheran church..is the typical 18th-century Cape dwelling-house with an attic. This ‘dakkamer’ or belvedere (of which this is the only surviving example) was sometimes used to look out for ships.
1985 A.M. Obholzer et al. Cape House & its Interior 85The Lutheran Parsonage..15. Gabled ‘dakkamer’.
A small room built on the flat roof of a Cape house at the centre of the facade, and incorporated into it by means of a pseudo-gable. Also attributive.
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