Feng Shui And Architecture

Discover how the Chinese art of Feng Shui effects architecture. Understand why some of these principles could be quite annoy for architects.

Many people have commented that a great part of Feng Shui lies in having good design. Interesting architecture will sometimes get in the way of this since Feng Shui depends upon how Chi moves in and around a building and the effect that this has upon people. There are seven principles that this will affect and thus it is important to consider each of these principles individually.

First of all, it is important to consider whether symmetry actually equates to balance. There are many floor plans in which architects will intentionally place doorways or windows directly opposite of one another. Some architects may line an entire wall with windows, placing a mirror upon the opposite side of the room, directly across from all of these windows. Other architects will use exterior items such as columns, hedges and pathways to create long straight lines that lead to the front door. Whenever a person looks at any of these designs, their symmetry is obvious. This symmetry is neither harmonious nor balanced whenever it is considered by a Feng Shui practitioner. Good Feng Shui is quite different from what architects would like to design. While windows or doors that are placed precisely opposite of one another may feel like good symmetry due to a designer's training, in Feng Shui practitioners learn that such a design allows for Chi to move too quickly through the room or leak its vitality.

Secondly, high ceilings may be intended to make a room feel dramatic and larger but in Feng Shui there are times when high ceilings are not good. Of course most people will initially feel good in this type of a room but in certain events these same people will eventually notice that they are having problems concentrating or sleeping. It simply all depends upon the room's function. There are times when the good energy which is necessary to create coziness within a small room will be dissipated by high ceilings.



The third thing to be concerned about is the look of exposed beams. Many architects believe that this is an easy way to bring personality into a room. However, according to Feng Shui, exposed beams that are located within a bedroom will cause health and relationship problems.

Fourthly, architects realize that a major selling point for a lot of homes is the fact that there is a great view from the entrance leading all the way through the back of the house where you are able to see a garden, valley or ocean. Nevertheless, Feng Shui practitioners will never buy such a home since they believe that incoming energy will go directly to the back of the house and straight out of the window. This will result in the home's occupants having a difficult time saving their money.

Fifth, whenever an architect places angles or odd shapes into a single room (the room is not a square or rectangle) Chi will boomerang around the room. This will cause a lack of focus, ill health, and arguments. Feng Shui practitioners realize that just because a building looks striking doesn't mean that it is a comfortable place to live or work in. Here it is important to remember, and understand, that just because a building may be good for money, they are not necessarily good for health and/or relationships. The most ideal situation is to create a building which is good for both. However, if you must choose then your priority should lie in the area of people, not money.

The sixth axiom that architects find annoying is that in Feng Shui staircases are conduits for energy. Architects often take this for granted as they create big, spiraling staircases which they feel will make a huge statement within a room. Feng Shui practitioners understand that such staircases will cause the energy to swirl around, activating anything near it. Thus, if this type of a staircase is located within a positive part of the building then it will make that area even more positive. However, if you have this type of a staircase located in a negative area then the movement that it will stir up will only further aggravate that area. (If this is a concern to you then you should contact a Feng Shui consultant who can better help you with this.)

The eighth and final concern is with aesthetics. Here it is important to understand that an architect may design a home or commercial property which looks and feels wonderful. All of the visual features may even be in total sync with good Feng Shui principles, yet it is still important to remember that every structure is built facing a certain compass degree and within a specific time frame. Together these two coordinates may produce a building structure that can attract great adversity even though it "looks" good. This is the part of Feng Shui that architects find the most annoying. They simply cannot understand how their elaborate building design can create lawsuits, or problems with health or within a person's family or love life.

There is good news to be found within all of this though! Today an increasing number of architects are considering working with Feng Shui practitioners so that together they can blend their talents to create visually, functionally and energetically advantageous spaces.

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