FengShui Christina D’Amico Kim Burns
What is FengShui? • A body of knowledge which enables someone to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune. • Optimizes the positive flow of energy in and around the home
Qi • Pronounced ‘Chi’ • The animating force behind all form of life • Majority of FengShui is about the balance of qi • Harmony between rooms and objects
How is it used? • House shape – square or rectangular • Regular shapes allow for balance and harmony • Room layouts – not to disproportionate in regular geometric shapes • Living room – large, open and welcoming • Openness encourages the accumulation of positive qi • Kitchen – right side of house, next to the dining room • If it’s far away from the dining room, there may be disagreements between family members
How is it used? (cont’d) • Bathroom – toilets should not directly face an opposite door • The toilet is where the wealth or luck of the occupants can be flushed away—door to bathroom and toilet lid should be closed • Main door - solid, open inwards to a bright room • Window – regularly shaped and open completely (preferably outward) • Windows opening inward are considered harmful for career and money making opportunities • Stairs – broad, curve gracefully
History of FengShui • FengShui dates back up to 5,000 years ago originating in China • When China was under imperial rule, FengShui was a secret to the public • FengShui became the main focus point in Chinese architecture when cities and palaces were designed with qi in mind • Such as the Beijing's Forbidden City
Solar Decathlon 2009 Virginia Tech “Lumenhaus”
FengShui & Lumenhaus • Symmetrical like the balancing of the qi • Room location and design also balance the qi • Different elements of the house: Earth, Wind/Air, Water • Experience the House - Sustainable Design
Parti Basic scheme of the design.
Massing Dominant configuration of building.
Additive and Subtractive Subtractive—removal of a piece to create built form.
Circulation to Use Shows how a person experiences the building.
Geometry Grid—derived from the repetition of basic geometries
Natural Light Location where daylight enters the building.
Repetitive to Unique Unique by transformation of repetitive—unique elements can be developed by the transformation of repetitive units through changes in size, shape and color.
Structure Shows columns, beams and other structural support.
Symmetry and Balance Symmetry—building is symmetrical about centerline
Unit to Whole Units aggregate to form whole—units are arranged in proximity to other units to establish a perceived relationship.
References • Experience the House • http://www.solar.arch.vt.edu/experience/index.html#/green • FengShui and Architecture • http://www.waytofengshui.com/feng-shui-architecture/ • Solar Decathlon • http://www.solardecathlon.gov/past/2009/gallery_homes.html#VirginiaTech