Part Three – Lived Space

Research task 1: Ideas of Home

For my first task of part three-lived space, starting with Otto F Bollnow’s Human Space, Edwin Heathcote’s The Meaning of Home or The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard, I have researched online to find out more about other philosophers’ ideas of the concept of Home.

Bollnow’s approach is humanistic and phenomenological as his priority is human beings and his immediate environment, these two are at the centre of everything he describes.

He describes that space is produced by force of love. ‘Creation of space through the force of love’, living together of lovers does not increase space in terms of quantity, lovers share the same space. They create a home for themselves that denotes kind of revelation of non physical dimensions of space, means spatial concept of human space comprise physical and opposite experience of physical dimensions. (de Silva,2019)

What I found most interesting about Heathcote’s book, is that he chapters every part of the home, from front doors being chapter one to pipes, wires and sewers being chapter 34. A perfect choice of front doors as his first chapter, the opening to a house/home/dwelling.

Dwelling is both place and process. The idea, that our ‘lives’ can be read through our homes, through their decoration, their design and their contents, infiltrates popular culture. (Heathcote, 2014).

Personally, I found reading The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard quite difficult, but have to agree with the following quote.

For our house is our corner of the world. As has often been said, it is our first universe, a real cosmos in every sense of the word. If we look at it intimately, the humblest dwelling has beauty. (Bachelard, 1994)


(de Silva,2019)’s_concept_of_human_space_A_Critical_Discussion_on_the_Fundamentals_of_the_Concepts_of_Space (accessed 07.11.20)

(Heathcote, 2014) (accessed 14.11.20)

(Bachelard, 1994) (accessed 14.11.20)

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