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Lonny Lexicon, Lesson Three: Loggia

We certainly don't speak Italian, but that doesn't mean we can't learn a thing or two about iconic elements of the country's design history—and try to pronounce them in the lyrical language. Case in point, my feeble attempt to emphasize the hard "g" in the architectual term "loggia". I think I'll stick to writing it. Per trusty Merriam and Webster, a loggia is a "hall, gallery, or porch open to the air on one or more sides," often arcaded or colonnaded.

A bit of backstory? The structure originated in the Mediterranean region as an open sitting room and shield from the hot sun. In Renaissance Italy, it was built in conjunction with public squares. Here's an example of a loggia in rural New Jersey from our June/July 2012 issue, proving the airy architectural feature looks right at home even if you don't live in medieval Europe.

Can you spot the loggia in the "One Thousand Years of Solitude" feature in our current issue
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