Architecture in Minoan Crete is characterized by the repetition of a single core element, by which larger assemblages of structures can be built up. This combination takes full advantage of the climate, form and orientation of the site.
The wall-lines of both palaces and medium-ranked houses are interrupted in many places by openings and colonnades so that an immediate contact with the outside world is given, they have external adjacent rooms, patios, courtyards and numerous lightwells. The walls are plastered, and in many cases covered with polychrome wall-paintings - their themes drawn from the world of nature. In addition to the aesthetics of Minoan architecture, the functional arrangement of rooms, public and private, was of a high level. They had a network of sewers, bathing areas, places for rest and entertainment.
The arrangement of the rooms was neither strictly conforming nor predetermined, but spontaneous and arranged to individual needs.