Alternative architecture: Giant roundhouse


Modern architecture is built on squares and rectangles. Variations on the courtyard. Spaces in which people face each other full on.

Can we imagine an alternative line of architectural development from the roundhouse? What would such a building look like once it got large. Low, cosy, like a bowl haircut of a building, a central fire, but vast. Elements of a stadium or a theater or parliament but I'm also imagining something sunk into the earth, bound to the earth and anchored to it with solid pillars. The entrance low and wide, one proceeds slightly downwards to the building's core chamber. Acoustics of thatch, not echoing, defined spaces but less need for walls if the surfaces are acoustically absorbing (but a larger meeting space might need more reflective surfaces). Permeable, a breathing building, adaptive to seasons.