House with Muxarabi (António Torres Library)

House with Muxarabi (António Torres Library)

Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Housing

This sobrado built on a very narrow plot on the former Rua da Quitanda has a number of interesting features. The first is the solution used for the slightly over-hanging upper floor. The second is the most well-known and evident: the muxarabi screen on one of the same floor’s three balconies. Lastly, note the tiny interior courtyard with a veranda and small rooms around it, which along with the lattice panels also provides more intimacy to the resident family. The eaves are supported by corbels and a cymatium; the wooden doors and windows have arched lintels. The rammed earth (pau-a-pique) walls have been partially replaced by brick masonry. The building was listed and restored by IPHAN in the 1950s and now houses the António Torres Library.

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