Abitare nel Suburbio : le ville extraurbane dell'Insula Occidentalis
In: Storia della tecnica edilizia e restauro dei monumenti: 15, 2020
Suspended in a distant time two thousand years ago, the territory at the foot of the Sterminator Vesevo is the only reality in the world where one may read through a sample of ancient dwelling like pages of a single book. Although it is certainly not exhaustive of the many expressions in which the paradigm of the house has been declined over the centuries, the Roman house is undoubtedly representative of an important heritage. The Roman house is not interpreted as a fixed and repeatable model, but as a formal structure which may be transformed according to the different orographic conditions in which it is located. In this context, this essay investigates the mutations of the Roman house from a space circumscribed by the walls of the domestic home (locus conclusus), to a spatial machine capable of its own being and of constructing the landscape (locus amoenus).