Case a Giardino

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The Case a Giardino (Garden Houses), built in around AD 130 as part of a vast construction project, had a mainly residential function though they also included commercial and service spaces.

Panel 76 - Figure 1General view of the Case a Giardino after excavation

Panel 76 - Figure 2Reconstruction of the east façade of the west side of the rectangle
(M.A. Ricciardi)

The complex consisted of an external rectangle and two central symmetrical residential blocks, separated by an area laid out as a garden (A) with six fountains (B).

Panel 76 - Figure 3Detail of the mosaic with a Nile scene belonging to a basin in the garden (A)

The buildings, at least three storeys high and accessed from the garden, had external staircases leading up to the apartments located on the upper floors, generally destined for rental.

The complex, as functional and elegant as a modern luxury apartment building, was inhabited by the city’s upper middle class, in an area near the sea and not too distant from the city centre.

Panel 76 - Figure 4Reconstruction of one of the covered fountains in the garden (B)
(M.A. Ricciardi)
Panel 76 - Figure 5View of the paintings in one of the apartments in the central blocks

See also:

The Residential Districts of the Upper-Middle Class