- The original building comprised a courtyard of enormous size with a full peristyle of eight columns on a side.
- This form, upon which our modern atria are based, was enclosed on all sides by buildings with roofs sloping to a columned peristyle or walkway around a courtyard.
- In it, he criticized the unity of place and time imposed by the classical theatre, which confined all the action to a banal peristyle and expelled all drama to the wings.
- The presence of gardens and especially of a peristyle make one think of a domus, or patrician residence.
- The sequence of these spaces in the palace suggests the atrium and peristyle of Roman houses, basic features of domestic architecture emphasized by the Roman writer Vitruvius.