Must be, this cannot have been written for any other reason than to get an entry in Pseud\’s Corner:
Square buildings conform to the masculine ideas of division and sides. Over this last age the masculine qualities have been edified while those of the feminine were rubbished. Hence we have a dominance of cell-like cubes that easily switch between prison, school, shop, office and home and a paucity of round buildings. It is interesting to note that one of the few ideas for a round building during the last age was Jeremy Bentham\’s plans for his Panopticon prison.Round structures embody the more feminine ideas of eternity and flow. There are no beginnings or ends and to wake inside such a room is to feel an attunement with the circles of sky and earth and the spiralling seasons of time. Roundhouses don\’t subscribe to the masculine abstractions that have proved so briefly successful.
And he\’s wrong about the Panopticon as well.
It\’s been a certain trial to my sister that having married the heir to that house the mother in law sold it off to the National Trust.
Not so much the house though….15 acres of gardens above the Exe…..