Primary qualities Mediterranean homes often have a red-tiled roof (usually terra cotta) and white-painted brick or stucco on the exterior. Other typical elements include stone detailing, carved doors, and raw iron and metalwork on windows, over balconies, and front doors. In rural areas, you may see wooden outhouses next to wells for collecting water.
In urban settings, you will usually find modern apartments and town houses built around small inner courtyards. These spaces are used for storing tools, furniture, and bicycles, in addition to providing a place to hang clothes and lock up valuables. They are also the perfect temperature all year round because they are not exposed to sunlight during most of the day.
Mediterranean houses tend to be smaller than their American counterparts. This is because most cities in Europe were built under strict planning laws and developers had little room for expansion. Housing was therefore densely packed together, making it difficult if not impossible to add on to them.
The majority of houses in Greece have only one floor but some older buildings have several. Apartments usually have separate entrances for each room so there is no need for a lobby or common area. Each apartment is considered its own home so people rarely share walls with their neighbors. In larger cities you will also find high-rise buildings but they are made of concrete which is heavy and expensive to build so most are just one storey tall.
Mediterranean-style architecture has spread beyond its Italian origins to become popular globally. The most prevalent features are stucco walls, arches, and covered patios. Roofs are often built of red tile and clay, which absorb heat and lower the temperature within. Windows usually have flat wooden shutters that open from the inside.
In addition to these common features, an Italian villa may also have marble, travertine, or limestone floors. Ceilings are typically high with well-placed windows for light and air circulation.
Villas were originally built for pleasure, but over time they became important properties for housing wealthy families. Today, they remain popular as luxury vacation rentals.
Italian villas come in many different shapes and sizes. They can be as small as a single room or as large as a palace. Usually, the larger the house, the more rooms it will have. Villas can also be divided into several sections, known as appartments or lodges, that can be rented separately. This is especially common in rural areas where the land is large enough for multiple smaller houses.
Most Italian villas were built between the years 1820 and 1940. At first, they were mainly located in the south of Italy, but today they can be found all over the country.
Mediteranean architecture is distinguished by large windows, pastel-colored walls, and open-air balconies and terraces. The island of Mallorca is known for its medieval buildings, such as Palma's Cathedral and Monestir de Lluc. Ibiza has an abundance of 1950s and 1960s villas.
The region's climate allows for the preservation of archaeological artifacts; thus, many cities and towns in Greece and Italy have ancient ruins that date back hundreds of years.
Although most modern buildings in Mediterranean countries use European architectural styles, there are some exceptions. The city of Tunis is surrounded by 15th-century walls with towers and gates, which illustrate how Tunisia's first cities were built without using any blueprint or design document. As far as I know, no one knows who designed these original cities! After the fall of the Carthaginian Empire in 146 B.C., Roman soldiers may have built these walls.
Tunisia was also part of the Ottoman Empire for several centuries, after which time Europeans began to influence its building practices. In 1756, the French architect Jean Baptiste Le Roy erected the Royal Palace on the site of the current Ministry of Finance.
The design combines traditional Mediterranean elements with a contemporary touch. These homes include an emphasis on indoor-outdoor living, big, open floor designs, and Spanish and Italian elements. The area between the walls and the roof is called the terrace or patio. This is where you can find outdoor kitchens, dining areas, and living rooms.
There is a separation between the inside and outside spaces, so that no interior surface of the house will be exposed. This means that there are no interior walls, except for any that may have been removed to create one large room. All the windows are made of glass or plastic.
The layout of these houses is very simple, with just two floors. There is usually a ground floor and first floor. The first floor usually has the living room, kitchen, and other main rooms while the ground floor often has the bathroom and guest bedrooms. There might also be a second floor with additional rooms such as a loft.
These houses tend to be wide and long instead of tall and skinny. This is because it was designed to fit as much space as possible with as few walls as possible. Each room opens up to the outside world with only glass or wooden doors separating you from your neighbors.