What Is Feng Shui Architecture?

Feng Shui is a Chinese art of creating harmonious spaces by positioning objects or structures in a manner that they harmonize with spiritual forces. The term Feng Shui is translated as "wind-water," which is based on the belief of the Yin and Yang patterns and the Chi (flow of energies) that have positive and negative effects. Practitioners of Feng Shui believe they can create spaces that provide a range of benefits, such an increase in luck, health, and the good fortune of those who inhabit the space. When designing a building, Feng Shui architecture is meant to ensure that the flow of energy in the structure is positive. A Feng Shui designed structure does not contain problem causing architecture or irregular shapes that may affect the standard of life of those residing in the building.

Location of the Structure

Since Feng Shui is the study of how you are affected by the surroundings, a primary factor of Feng Shui architecture is the correct location of the structure. While Feng Shui architects or designers will not typically attempt to find your "energy map" of a building or attempt to determine your Feng Shui birth element, there are several principles that may be used on their projects, such as recommending the structure be built in a location that has rich soil and lush vegetation. A Feng Shui building is typically not built on rocky terrains or in an area where the grass struggles to grow.

Architecture Principles

Some of the other principles followed by Feng Shui architects may include:

  • The structure proportion is square, followed by rectangular. This type of layout provides a functional relationship between the interior spaces, energy efficient plans the use of practical building materials.
  • The primary entry to the structure should be unencumbered, clean, and well-maintained. The thought behind this principle is that the entry is a place that is passed several times each day, so it should evoke positive energy.
  • The doors should be solid and designed to open inward. A bright color, such as red, is preferred.
  • The areas of rest should be separate from the living and work areas.
  • The structure should be a clutter-free design, because practitioners believe that clutter in the home restricts the flow of positive energy, which results in cluttered thinking.
  • The structure should have natural ventilation and abundance of daylight inside the building.
  • Bedrooms should be designed to allow bed positioning to face south-east, which means waking up with the sun, so you will wake up in harmony with nature.
  • The structure should be free from sharp corners and protruding objects that point toward the areas of rest. For example, the dining room should be situated so that the corners of the dining room table will not point toward the bedroom.

Because the placement of rooms within a structure is an important factor of Feng Shui architecture, when building or redesigning a Feng Shui home, it is essential that you hire a contractor that is familiar with Feng Shui architecture, such as those at Anjie Cho Architect. The openings into a building are also an important factor, as is the actual location of the structure. A contractor who is experienced in the layout and design of a Feng Shui building will be able to recommend which area on your plot of land will be best suited for the design as well as which way the entrance should face and the layout of the interior rooms.