Tetrapharmakos or Epicurus’ Garden
Retreat rooms for ataraxia.
Don't fear god,
Don't worry about death;
What is good is easy to get, and
What is terrible is easy to endure.
— Philodemus, Herculaneum Papyrus, 1005, 4.9–14
Tetrapharmakos is a space for a voluntary retreat.
It is a space made of patios and enclosed rooms for human activity, retreatment and leisure.
It is a purification process and eventually a Architecture.
On the basis of Epicurus heritage, the aim of this design is to compare the necessity of a function to the possibility od a space.
One Sanctuary that hosts buildings and rooms, patios and gardens for the cure of the spirit.
Every room has its function and purpose:
Don’t fear god or 'the building' — room for human #ife and needs. Spaces for culture, leisure, rest, share.
Don’t fear death or 'the sky above' — room for contemplation beside flora, fauna, and nature elements.
Access to leisure or 'the garden'— room for a garden of pleasures.
Pain’s loss or 'the theatre' — room for theatre and acting as a ritual of freedom from pain.