Feng Shui Around Us

The ancient Chinese art and science of ‘Feng Shui’ has mystified other cultures for centuries. What is Feng Shui and just what importance does it play in everyday life?

Answers to these questions as well as other enlightening information can be found in SDC New online Feng Shui course developed in Asia by expert interior designers. Professional Interior designers as well as home decorators and home improvement enthusiasts will now have the opportunity of completing an easy to understand online course on this engaging field.

Apart from Interior design and decorating, Feng Shui principles can also be used in other areas such as architecture, garden design and health care.

We examined some of the most iconic Feng Shui inspired Architectural marvels below:

City Hall, London, UK

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The radical shape minimises the surface area exposed to direct sunlight (approx 25 per cent less than an equivalent rectangular building) and saves energy. From a strictly Form School perspective, the flowing design is ideally placed on the South Bank of the River Thames, although it does resemble a pile of coins falling over. In Feng Shui terms it is the metal element, which is good for a municipal building.

Burj Al Arab, Dubai, U.A.E

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This unique luxury hotel completed in 1999 is built on its own island in the shape of a dhow, a type of Arabian vessel. An interesting example of wind and water! It is the fourth tallest hotel in the world, although almost forty per cent of its total height is made up of non-occupiable space. Standing on an artificial island, it is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. In Feng Shui terms, this is a wood type building, which means that it receives a lot of support from its water environment.

Sydney Opera House, Australia

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Begun in 1957 by Architect John Utzon with his competition winning design and eventually completed in August 1973 under the direction of Sir Peter Hall, this building is surely an architectural landmark of the 20th century. In Feng Shui terms, its angular designs mean it is classified as a fire type building; perfect for housing the arts. However, its water environment may lead to disagreements, particularly amongst staff.

Kansai Airport Terminal, Osaka, Japan

Opened in 1994 to relieve overcrowding at Osaka, Kansai is on a man made island. Sinking into the soft soils of Osaka Bay, it sits on hydraulic jacks. The soaring wing-like passenger terminal stretches for over a mile and wide atriums reach over 60 meters to the curved ceiling, where colourful mobiles float on a gentle breeze. This water type building within a water environment is perfect for travel and communication.

Kingdom Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Winner of the “Best New Skyscraper of the Year” for design and functionality in 2002 is based on historic geomantic principles and houses commercial offices, residential apartments and the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh. This 99-storey, 992 ft skyscraper is the second tallest skyscraper in Saudi Arabia and the world’s third tallest building with a hole. This is a metal type building, in a fire and earth type zone.

Check out the SDC Online Feng Shui course: http://www.styledesigncollege.com/course-short-feng-shui.php
Source: http://www.feng-shui-institute.org/

 

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Lucid Stead – Reflections from a Californian desert

American artist Phillip K Smith III has added mirrors to the walls of a 70 year old desert shack in California to create the illusion that you can see right through the building. He has called it ‘Lucid Stead’, “Lucid Stead is about tapping into the quiet and the pace of change of the desert,” said Smith. “When you slow down and align yourself with the desert, the project begins to unfold before you. It reveals that it is about light and shadow, reflected light, projected light, and change.”

What was expected to be a two day event for a handful of viewers, turned into over 400 people making the journey over two weekends. People as far away as New York City and Canada traveled to the California High Desert to experience it. Numerous media sources have asked to do cover stories on the work. Thousands of photos professional and amateur, were taken, posted and shared across blogs and social media sights. In just over 30 days, Lucid Stead officially became a phenomenon.