Diameter three feet, three feet from ground to summit of the vault. Two diameters at right angles AB CD divide the white ground into two semicircles ACB BDA. Lying on the ground two white bodies, each in its semicircle. White too the vault and the round wall eighteen inches high from which it springs. Go back out, a plain rotunda, all white in the whiteness, go back in, rap, solid throughout, a ring as in the imagination the ring of bone. The light that makes all so white no visible source, all shines with the same white shine, ground, wall, vault, bodies, no shadow. Strong heat, surfaces hot but not burning to the touch, bodies sweating. Go back out, move back, the little fabric vanishes, ascend, it vanishes, all white in the whiteness, descend, go back in.Up in the hills behind this fair city, south of the windmill and north of the Red Rocks, someone has constructed Sam's design as a tourist attraction.
Access is guarded by ostridges who are under the impression that it is the largest egg they have ever seen. I have no idea what it really symbolises.
Next week's episode of "People who should not be architects" will cover Ludwig Wittgenstein and the Stonborough House.
UPDATE: The Lost Ones makes a lot more sense when you realise that Beckett is designing a closed, self-sustaining arcology.
Abode where lost bodies roam each searching for its lost one. Vast enough for a search to be in vain. Narrow enough for flight to be in vain. Inside a flattened cylinder fifty metres round and sixteen high for the sake of harmony... Floor and wall are of solid rubber or suchlike. Dash against them foot or fist or head and the sound is scarcely heard. Imagine then the silence of the steps. The only sounds worthy of the name result from the manipulation of the ladders or the thud of bodies against one another or of one against itself when in sudden fury it beats its breast. Thus flesh and bone subsist. The ladders. These are the only objects. They are single without exception and vary greatly in size... The niches or alcoves. These are cavities sunk in that part of the wall which lies above an imaginary line running midway between floor and ceiling and features therefore of its upper half alone.