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|French to English translations [PRO]|
History / fortifications
|French term or phrase: un auvent sur son pignon|
|Part of a description about the Dunkirk gate guardroom. |
"Le corps de garde de la porte de Dunkerque... a l'originalité de s'ouvrir par un auvent sur son pignon, contrairement aux pratiques normalisées."
I have been thinking along the lines of "s'ouvrir par" meaning "open by (means of)" but how can a guardroom open through a canopy/shelter on its side wall, and why would it want to?
Any help gratefully received.
|English translation:See discussion below|
Not being familiar with the particualr building in question, I can only hazard some comments based on the purely linguistic aspects of your question.
I would interpret "s'ouvrir" here as referring to the entrance to, (or way out from), and I presume this 'auvent' is some kind of 'veranda' or covered area — it's hard to know without actually seeing the building, perhaps it even means that an upper storey (if there is one) simply overhangs.
As for 'pignon', I'd be inclined to go for 'end wall'
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|Eventually went for a sloping roof on the end wall, as a picture seemed to suggest, so thanks for your ideas, Tony, which helped to clarify this for me. |
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