A söller or arbor (more rarely also: the arbor ) is an open platform on an upper floor of a building, resting on pillars or walls . Probably the same word origin is the name Aldene, which is common in some southwest German cities, for the roof terrace of older buildings, which is often used to dry laundry.
The name Söller is derived from the Latin solarium , which describes a place under the open sun (Latin sol ) and characterizes an uncovered, sun-exposed platform. Altan / Altane comes from the Italian altana , which is derived from the Latin altus, -a, -um 'high' , thus emphasizing the feature of the raised platform , in contrast to the terrace .
Altane are among other things a typical feature of Venetian houses.
In the medieval house, the Söller is a wooden or stone exit on the upper floor. The Söller is reinforced to the ground and provided with a parapet.
Some Söller are provided with a staircase, especially in the part of a castle or palace that houses the representative rooms .
- Lothar Binger, Susann Hellemann: Enjoyed looks from the most beautiful pleasure arbor. Potsdam balcony culture. Hendrik Bäßler Verlag, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-930388-38-3 .