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Mashrabiya screen on display in the British Museum
Latticework of aluminum alloy pipes on the Jin Mao Building

Latticework is a framework consisting of a criss-crossed pattern of strips of building material, typically wood or metal. The design is created by crossing the strips to form a network. [1] Latticework can be purely ornamental, or can be used to support a structure such as a lattice girder bridge.[2]

In India, the house of a rich or noble person may be built with a baramdah or verandah surrounding every level leading to the living area. The upper floors often have balconies overlooking the street that are shielded by screens jaalis carved in stone latticework, allowing privacy and coolness.[3]

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  1. ^ Ching, Francis D.K. (1995). A Visual Dictionary of Architecture. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. pp. 27. ISBN 0-471-82451-3.  
  2. ^ "Latticework". http://dict.die.net/latticework/. Retrieved 2007-02-27.  
  3. ^ Thapar, Binda (2004). Introduction to Indian Architecture. Singapore: Periplus Editions. pp. 16–17. ISBN 0794600115.  

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