Roman house design updated in Florida

From the Herald Tribune

An article about a Florida house called Tradewinds, showing how ideas used by the Romans still work well. This is a brief excerpt:

Of perhaps greater interest to the average homeowner, Mouen shows us how Roman-era domestic architecture can be adapted to 21st-century lifestyles, and how ancient climate-control principles can provide comfort that meets a 21st-century standard.

Mouen's U-shaped plan is an adaptation of a Roman courtyard villa with living spaces opening off a central courtyard. In this case the central area is occupied by a swimming pool and a spa. It is open at one end to capture the view of the adjacent Lake Susanna, and to funnel the cool breezes blowing off the water into the interior rooms.

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