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07:20 Jul 4, 2007
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French to English translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering - Architecture
French term or phrase:oeil de mouche
Au-dessus, le bâtiment fait l’œil de mouche et se développe en surplomb, percé par une fenêtre généreuse, habile solution du traitement d’angle.
I didn't try a Google image search, since its a suburban house in Tokyo and when I look up the architect I only find Japanese sites, so I have been unable to find it's name. However, the picture I was sent is quite clear. It is not a prismatic window. We are talking about 4 triangular window panes in one triangular window. These windows are above the roof tops of the other houses (very close by) - pointing as it were to the sky.
I have managed to obtain a picture which shows a geometrically shaped (triangles within a large triangle, pointing to the sky) window on one side and leads one to believe that it is the same on the other side, like a fly. However, there are no bulges, they follow the line of the building.
As far as I can work out - this building is in a very restrictive space in the suburbs of Tokyo. I image a building squeezed into a small space and expanding in volume as it gets higher, hence my idea of bulging on either side. I can't really give much more information, since there isn't much. Its an irregular shaped building, with a fold-like appearance on the exterior, in an almost origami style.
Any more info? I was thinking that it could mean that the building has a viewpoint from all angles especially if the upper floors overhang. So 'fait l'oeil de mouche' is only an idea rather than a specific feature.
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array of windows
Explanation: This is a bit of a shot in the dark but 'oeil de mouche', when used in reference to architecture, usually seems to refer to windows that resemble the repeating geometric shapes of a fly's compound eye. Perhaps something along the lines of:
Above, the building has an array of windows leading to an overhang pierced by a generous window - a clever solution to the problem of corner treatment.
Again, it's hard to say without more context. Good luck!