The places where we live and the articulation of shelter are basic needs shared by all of humanity. Through them, we learn many things about the people and cultures that dwell in them. They provide clues about a way of life. They are comfortable and human in scale, be it through the scale of window openings, division of space by color and material, or ease of ascending a staircase carefully designed just for us. The best do not overwhelm or undermine our being. They are where we go to retreat at the most intimate scale of human existence.