ars libertatis

27 June 1884 – 16 October 1962

Through poems, perhaps more than through recollections, we touch the ultimate poetic depth of the space of the house.

This being the case, if I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters daydreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.

The Poetics of Space (1958), 1. The House. From Cellar to Garret. The Significance of the Hut

Thus the dream house must possess every virtue. However spacious, it must also be a cottage, a dove-cote, a nest, a chrysalis. Intimacy needs the heart of a nest.

The Poetics of Space (1958), 1. House and Universe