The issue of the house is one that surfaces relatively frequently as a focus of attention within the domain of both speculative and prescriptive architectural thought. This is by and large due to its own complex nature. The house can at one and the same time play a permanent and fundamental role in general human experience yet defy easy description.
Occasionally very pointed statements appear amongst all the speculation; phrases like "the house will always be the house" (Teyssot, 1987,9) or "the function of the house is irreducible". (Rykwert,1982,86) In these is the belief that despite any ambiguity, there is an essence; a kernel of an idea that persists whenever the issue of the house is debated.
The thesis explores this notion of the existence of an ‘essence’ . The investigation takes a speculative stance, belonging primarily to the realm of ideas. Its aim is to uncover various themes of containment as being indispensable to the idea of the house. In abstract and absolute terms, the containment that the house provides, from birth to death, of all aspects of being, is that which makes it what it is. Containment is the essential property of the house.
In pursuing this line of enquiry, the study takes the form of a gathering of ideas, within a phenomenological, rather than anthropological or sociological, framework.
In conclusion the thesis proposes that the ideas explored are fundamentally enduring and therefore appropriate to any current speculation on the nature and form of the house.