(The following pictures have been taken in during different stages of the building process. Therefore sometimes the decoration has changed a bit. Don't let this confuse you. For example I changed the art section of the textures later and retook some screenshots.)
In ancient Rome, wealthy citizens dedicated large spaces of their city houses to internal gardens. These were called "peristylium" which comes from the greek "peristylon" = "being enclosed by columns".
I found this idea fascinating and built this house, which is loosely inspired by the layout of ancient roman city homes.
It should be a fully functional base, so it contains a lot of elements that were definitely not featured by roman houses, for example an indoor wheat farm and a nether portal.
It also misses other rooms that were part of the typical roman house, for example a Tablinum (study) and several Cubiculi (small bedrooms).
Original construction site:
House 1/4 ready, but I changed the layout again since then. I feel, there is not one block in this entire building that I have not placed, removed, placed again and finally replaced by another one at least 3 times.
Looks a bit like an ancient ruin.
Next step: Making ornate ceilings.
I tore it down though. Didn't match the theme. But I still like this picture.
Another outtake: Painted floor.
The inscription says "MMXII" which is 2012 in roman numbers.
... well, at least more or less. There are some parts still unfinished, but it's good enough to show it off.
Seen from the front...
...and when you come inside, you will be in the actual garden, the Peristylium:
Entering the main house you will see wall paintings and a painted ceiling:
On the second floor there is the dining room, based on the roman "triclinium":
It has two large basins for heating.
The new uspide-down corner stairs make a lot of things look very neat. Thanks, Mojang!
Furthermore there is the bedroom:
Also on the second floor is a library. As you can see I retextured the bookcase a bit. I wanted it to look like wax tablets and scrolls, but the scrolls are not really recognizable.
In the basement there is a thermal bath:
At first you will enter the Apodyterium, the changing room. It is only sparsely furnished here - it has a heating basin, a little shelf and a chest to store your clothing.
A picture over the stairs reminds you to wear bathing sandals:
Descending the stairs you will come into the Caldarium, the hot room.
Under the stairs is something that wasn't part of the roman bath, but is an important feature of the Hamam, the turkish
bath: A hot stone.
The muslim world adapted and evolved the roman bathing culture after the collapse of the roman empire and added their own elements. I once experienced such a hot stone on my holidays in Turkey and thought it would be a nice addition to the hot room here.
Under the platform (which is from marble set in with other colorful minerals in reality) I put lava for heating.
Next to the Caldarium is the Tepidarium, the medium warm room. It was often the most decorated room in the entire bath structure and the center of it. The room temperature is about 38°C - just a bit higher than the body temperature.
Here I made it into a room to rest in and enjoy art and tropical plants.
The third room - insulated from the Caldarium by the Tepidarium - is the cold room, the Frigidarium.
You can cool down, wash yourself in the little basin in the Apsis (the niche in the wall) and again enjoy art. There is a chest which contains buckets of water and sponges.
The frigidarium in the large therme of Caracalla had 1600 marble seats on which you could let yourself be doused with cold water. Well - this one only has 3 couches and an algae problem.
The rooms in the one-storey parts of the house around the garden contain a kitchen, a wheat farm, a melon farm, a crafting and a potions room, a sugarcane farm with cocoabeans, a pumpkin farm with mushroom incubator (which is a fancy name for "small dark room in which I grow mushrooms") and a room that contains equipment for exploring (weapons, armour, maps, dogs and such).
When you leave the crafting room you will come to the tree farm behind the house. I left the ancient Rome theme there and settled for something vaguely "crystal palace" like.
The rear wall carries a giant face. I wanted someone like Neptun or another ancient deity. Unfortunately you can't make faces very well with 1m³-blocks...
I also built a house for villagers. I wanted something like an "insula" - a living quarter for poor people in Rome.
Each of the two storeys is divided into small rooms that are (hopefully) recognized als houses by the villagers. The inner rooms are accessible by walkways with only stairs and half-slabs (transparent blocks) above them, while the rooms have full-block ceilings.
The back of the house is only built in normal stone bricks and not in the more elegant sandstone.
In the ground floor there is a little area for cooking and eating because the individual rooms are too small for an oven.
And there is also a pottery in the first storey:
Last here are a few pictures of assorted architecture that is scattered in the surrounding of my house:
Entrance to my slime farm:
The "Diana Temple" - entrance to my zombie farm:
And my cobblestone generator with the mysterious tiny oasis in the background. (Under the tree I burried a command block disabeling mob griefing. ;-) )
And this is an elaborate plan for the redesign of the grounds around the house.
Still to do:
thermal bath in the basement
carrot- and potato-farm
slave quarters (Sorry, I know, slavery is bad and I don't encourage it, but in ancient Rome such luxury was unthinkable without slaves. And in Minecraft we have Testificates...)
prettier facade and outside area
expanding the absolutely non-roman transportation system. (Atm I only have tracks to my hunting site.)
I hope you enjoyed this. Thanks for reading.
Ideas, comments, praise, criticism, flowers, chocolates and congratulation cards are always welcome.
This is excellent! Survival mode? What can I suggest, it looks exactly like what you were going for.
Nice use of pumpkins in the floor, I didn't even notice them at first. The Roman numeral M's don't look like M's, but that's hard without making it too big. I was going to suggest a bath house, the Romans loved their thermae, but I saw it in your to do list. Make sure to have burning netherrack underneath so the smoke rises through the floor. Outside of the entrance needs something.
And you are right - the outsides need work. I only don't have an idea what to do there yet, so it will have to wait.
I started out in survival and built most of the house out of the sandstone I gathered while digging out the hole for the basement. (I didn't show the huge emty room underneath the entire house that contains only my animal pens atm.)
When I started on the painted ceiling I lost patience and changed into creative. Most of the fitting and decorating was done in creative, plus the roof on the main house.
This is just amazing! I really love the design and the use of space. Love how you made the benche inside the house with slabs and stairs.
This is the kind of house I want to make, but can't because I lack imagination!
Love how you made the benche inside the house with slabs and stairs.
Do you mean those in the dining room with the sandstone feet and the wooden reclining area? Yes, I like them too. There is another version of it outside the picture that has no armrest or whatever you want to call it. It looks very elegant but can only be set up when you have a half-slabs-floor.
Thank you. But actually I don't really know what to do next.
Most stuff on my to-do list are just minor improvements. The next big thing would be a nicer exterior and maybe a facade lift in combination with an NPC village. Problem is: I have no idea how I shall do this.
Since this is modeled after a roman city home it would be consequent to build an "insula" for the testificates but that would only make sense in a city. But I actually don't want to start a city because it would be a too large project. (At least I don't want to start a city there. I do have an idea for another project though but this will have another theme.)
To make it short: I don't really know how to procede and when I can provide the next update. (Furthermore I have 3 exams within the next 4 days.)
If you have some ideas, input, inspiration or other in-s for me - please tell me.
Edit: Refrain from insults, please.
And for two and a half thousand years, the ring passed out of all knowledge... Rumor turned into myth... myth turned into legend, and legend gave rumor and myth amiss, and went straight into autumn. ...Wait, what?
Looks great. I really like how you used sandstone and such in the entire foundation. I'm building a castle on my regular server at the moment, and I think I'm gonna have to borrow a few ideas.
Sure, have fun!
I'm astonished that somebody dug up this thread again.
Unfortunately I deleted the world while updating my computer. I thought I had it backuped but it was an older version. The bath is gone now and I haven't checked on the garden and other stuff I did last.
Thank god I have the screenshots so I can rebuild it if I wish to.
(Atm there is no time for plaing Minecraft.)