Feng Shui and Building Design

By S.BS. Surendran

Adapting Vaastu and Feng Shui in the construction and designing of a Home or office enhances the quality of energy flow and the benefits derived are tremendous. The premise behind Feng Shui is to ensure that your home and the surrounding exterior environment supports and enhances greater human potential, opportunity, and positive experience. By orienting your home to a good direction, properly placing important rooms, locating the ideal site for water features, wall décor, floorings, painting and even landscaping the house supports the occupants and gives them the motivation and strength to weather the “storms of life” with minimum impact.

If it’s a home or an office which already exists then by adapting Feng Shui tenets and activating the good sectors by identifying them, one can transform the energy and the feel of the place and in turn correct the existing defects. This is applicable not just to grounded properties but even to condominiums and row houses which have a limitation in terms of renovation or reconstruction.

While the use of specific materials and certain colors can enhance individual areas of the home, the most important Classical Feng Shui factors in the home design and floor-plan are the correct chi/energy directions and their relationship to room placement.

The most important areas of concern are the location and direction of the front door which brings in the flow of Chi (energy) and in the case of apartments and condominiums the balcony and picture window also need to be considered apart from the main door orientation. Other important areas like the kitchen location and stove placement within the kitchen, the master bedroom and most importantly the location of the toilet need to be assessed. In Classical Feng Shui the location and direction are vitally and equally important and in case of existing buildings there are various methods which have been documented by the traditional Feng Shui masters to mitigate the ill effects.

The ideal house shapes are square or rectangular as these shapes ensure that all eight compass directions are represented—S, SW, W, NW, N, NE, E, and SE. The chi, or energy, is evenly distributed, and all sectors of the house, good or bad, may be influenced to benefit the householders. In Classical Feng Shui these shapes are considered the “four point gold,” and are very auspicious. This does not mean that all other shapes are necessarily bad so odd shape buildings can also bring fortune and good luck to the occupants provided they are fine tuned and balanced properly using the right method specified in Feng Shui.

In case the property is large and a water feature like a pool or pond has to be positioned it calls for a very precise calculation to ensure that the water energy to be activated is beneficial to the occupants and this is one of the best kept secrets of Classical Feng Shui. One has to identify where the water may flow from, and its proximity to the home accurately as it can bring great prosperity to the occupants. If a pool or water feature is located improperly, Feng Shui postulates trouble, legal battle and even bankruptcy.

In other words Vaastu and Feng Shui are simple tools to restore the equilibrium of the space with a touch of aesthetics, practicality and logic be it a new construction or existing building.

S.BS. Surendran is an accredited master feng shui consultant, traditional vaastu practitioner and bio-energetician based in Bangalore, India. He can be contacted via fengshui@fengshuiserver.com

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