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Beet-Breek: Use of Beetroot in Architecture

by the Collective of Pétaouchnock

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The architecture in Petaouchnock reflects both the fantasy and imagination of the Pétaouchnockiens and at the same time their pragmatic approach in coming to terms with the climatic and worldly conditions.

Although they don’t bear any resemblance to caravans all the houses have wheels. This is simply an added bonus which allows people to change the location of their dwelling place depending on the direction of the sun, family rows, and arguments with neighbours, stormy conditions in general or quite simply a change in mood.

Beet-brick houses are made of “beet-breek” – a sort of brick made from beetroot which has been left to dry in the sun over a long period and made water-proof with egg white. Needless to say this latter type of traditional housing is very labour-intensive and much sought after – hence the traditional saying “come selten et cara-cari qual una huis de rogische beet” -roughly translated as “as dear and rare as a beetroot house”.

The spiritual and symbolic upkeep of such a house has only one stipulation: there must always be an ice-cube with a pea in the freezer.

As Pétaouchnockiens are instinctively poetic they often like to write or even carve their favorite proverb or poem on the facade of the house – this can sometimes extend to the interior. Linguists, poets, carvers and collectors of proverbs and sayings undertake- at least once in their lives- a sort of pilgrimage where they do a tour of the country visiting such houses. So much so that the expression, “fare cercluish de huise pintari” – to go on a tour to visit the painted houses” has come to mean “to go on an amazing trip with unknown consequences”.

If you are interested in buying or renting a property in Petaouchnock you will soon be able to visit the Petaouchnock property page or contact directly Magi Mixwordsmith, the general secretary in charge of real estate in Petaouchnock.

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