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.
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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