In the process of drawing and redrawing “circles of safety” for a sense of peace and secure, home is created, as well as its poetics. Bachelard focuses especially on the personal and emotional response to space both in actual architectures and in literary works applying the method of phenomenology.
He values people’s simplest interactions with the simplest of objects and places of their lives.
“Topoanalysis” is used by Bachelard to study the “space we love” that fosters memories, habitations and childhoods, and investigate how the attained images affect our daydreams and sense of happiness and wellbeing. As Bachelard says in his book: when we dream of the house we were born in, in the utmost depth of recovery, we participate in this original warmth, in this well-tempered matter of the material paradise. This is the environment in which the protective beings live.
Faced with the bestial hostility of the natural environment, the protection and resistance of space are transposed into human virtues. A house is one of the great power of integration for the thoughts, memories and dreams of mankind. A house is refuge to a dreamer, like a hut, a nest, a drawer, a shell, or a corner in which we would like to hide in.
In such a place, poetics images occur like a sudden salience on the surface of the psyche. The novelty and action brought by these poetic images are entire, dynamic and independent of causality. “Through the exuberance of poem, new depth is awakened in us”, image flows into the line of the verse, carrying the imagination along with it, as through the imagination created a nerve fiber. Bachelard’s work encourages architectures to rethink the meaning and language of space building implicitly.