Are you getting ready to build or expand your home or business? If so, you might want to consider just how much space you’ll need before determining the square footage. From a Feng Shui perspective, overly cramped buildings stifle growth and productivity because they prevent energy (and opportunity) from gathering there. But buildings that are too large are just as problematic because they tend to have separate or disjointed areas of stagnation.
In the book A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander makes a persuasive argument for constructing building complexes rather than monoliths, since human beings need to feel connected to social groups within structures. Whether they are family members, students or corporate employees, individuals require a sense of belonging and organization that regularly shaped, identifiable buildings contain.
Energy flows through a building via wind (feng) and water (shui), human movement, light and sound. By contrast, oversized buildings sprawled across large, depersonalized spaces disassociate inhabitants and workers. They end up developing a relationship with the building and its contents, not the people who live or work there. Monolithic buildings alienate people and limit their possibilities, while low density buildings with the proper design and flow encourage occupants to share space, energy and conversation. That is good Feng Shui.
It is also important to consider the size of the structure relative to the land it is built upon. Many modern homes and office buildings are built for the most square footage on acreage that supports a much smaller structure. The idea is to maximize the price per square foot. However, Feng Shui teaches that the ch’i of the land is vital to the success or failure of a building. Along with a strong foundation, ample natural landscaping and light are necessary to attract ch’i and support the building structure. There should be a buffer zone where energy can circulate unobstructed around a structure. The ideal ratio is for a building to occupy no more than one-half of the available land.
Building size is one of the many decisions to consider when expanding or contracting your home or business and the implications of your decisions are far-reaching. If you need guidance, I am happy to help you with this important decision.
Wishing you good ch’i,
Diane Gallin, CFSC