physical manifestation of this experience. In terms of the civic aspect the temple besides being the site of these occasions of celebration they were primarily the home of the god or goddess who took special favour on the settlement, their patron and emblem of defenseagainst forces both human and natural (or indeed supernatural). In this way the temple wasalso the physical representation of the civic spirit of the city.There is something innately public about the temple, in my opinion, this would seem to havehistoric backing as well however as the chosen form for town halls, court houses, libraries, banks educational institutions, churches etc., all of which share the common aim of housinga superhuman force, community, justice, knowledge, wealth, wisdom, faith. At leastaspirationally. It seemed to me that this form is the obvious choice from an historicalviewpoint for any such building. Alan Colquhoun put forward the idea that regardless of theamount of objective analysis conducted at some point the designer must make 'an intuitiveleap' and that this leap is based on historic experience, precedent. “...the area of pureintuition must be based on a knowledge of past solutions applied to related problems, andthat creation is a process of adapting forms derived either from past needs or from pastaesthetic ideologies to the needs of the present.” (Colquhoun, 2008, p48) Successive cultureshave created an image of the temple that goes beyond function, it is an ideal, but what is atemple?