Nexus Network Journal

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 83–103 | Cite as

Grid-Based Design in Roman Villas: A Method of Analysis

  • Eliana Manuel Pinho
  • João Pedro Xavier


The perceivable regularity of some Roman villas can be understood in the context of a grid-based design. In this paper we try to clarify the requirements under which we may consider that a villa has an outline based on a grid and we quantify the accuracy of the correspondence between a villa’s plan and a given grid. We follow this approach with some Roman villas in Portugal and use the grids as tools for the analysis and the reconstruction of their plans.


Roman architecture grids modules design analysis Pythagorean triangle villas 


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© Kim Williams Books, Turin 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CMUP – Centro de Matemática da Universidade do PortoFaculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.CEAU – Centro de Estudos em Arquitectura e Urbanismo daFaculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do PortoPortoPortugal

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