Discussion in 'Português (Portuguese)' started by nikosl, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. nikosl New Member

    Hello. I've just come across this word in a list with types of houses etc. The translation I have gives "penthouse appartment", but the images I come across when I google resemble more to attics. At the same time I see that penthouse = cobertura in portuguese and attic = sótão. So, could someone explain me what really are águas-furtadas? Thank you
  2. mglenadel

    mglenadel Senior Member

    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazilian Portuguese
    It's the direct equivalent of the French "pied-à-terre", top floor apartments at a time when there were no elevators, so they were the least desirable apartments, usually small and chilly.
  3. marta12 Senior Member

    Em Portugal, já não é necessariamente assim.
    Há águas-furtadas bem remodeladas, outras novas e também existem as antigas: http://felizmenteluar.blogspot.pt/2007/07/guas-furtadas.html, http://felizmenteluar.blogspot.pt/2007/07/guas-furtadas.html, http://olhares.sapo.pt/aguas-furtadas-foto2449198.html, http://www.decoracaointeriores.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/águas-furtadas.jpg
  4. Carfer

    Carfer Senior Member

    Paris, France
    Portuguese - Portugal
    It's a living space under a steep sided, double-pitched roof (sometimes the space under a single-plane roof is also called 'águas-furtadas'), the same as a 'garret', 'attic', 'mansard roof' in English or a 'mansarde' in French.
  5. nikosl New Member

    Thank you all for you answers, but I think my initial dilemma persists. Carfer's answer (attic / garret etc) is quite different to the one provided by mglenadel (pied-à-terre). Marta12's pics show both types of residence. We could say that it can refer to both? Is there any difference between its use in Portugal and in Brazil? Thanks again.
  6. mglenadel

    mglenadel Senior Member

    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazilian Portuguese
    In Brazil, at least, using "água-furtada" would usually mean a small apartment, on the roof of a building (the kind that you have to walk up a flight of stairs to reach, because the elevator doesn't get that far up), squeezed in between water tanks and elevator machinery.

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