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Storeys for the next generation

Contributed by Vinzenz Hokema on 18.05.2006:

In many old Palestinian homes, staircases lead up to the flat roof, looking a little bit like a room has been knocked down there. The edges of some of the walls are not sealed off and some of the building blocks reach out further than others.

But nothing has been destroyed on the roof; the walls have not been sealed, so the next generation can build another storey on the roof, interlocking the old and the new structure for more stability.

If another storey is built, the first thing to build before the new walls will be the staircase, reaching up for the future third storey…

Margueritte Lama’s house, Manger Street, Bethlehem.

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