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smartguy05 t1_jdpgkez wrote

You just keep going through the next door until you arrive at the room you're looking for. It's a pain in the ass if you know how to get where you're going but convenient as hell if you're looking for somewhere.


Atharaphelun t1_jdqdzvg wrote

And in other cases, all the rooms simply opened into and are arranged around a single central courtyard or covered space/atrium, thus the term courtyard house. This was especially ubiquitous in Ancient Rome and China (where the form is still used to this day, called siheyuan). In more complex forms of the courtyard house, there can be more than one courtyard/atrium around which another set of rooms open into.