Noise and fireworks will fill the night skies again as the Chinese celebrate the Lunar New Year. In a spirit of welcome to the Year of the Rat, Inquirer Property scoured for buildings and structures around the world whose designs are lauded by feng shui experts.
The Feng Shui Institute (FSI), an international resource and research center for the promotion of traditional Chinese and contemporary feng shui, names the following structures who designs are faithful to feng shui principles:
? The Kingdom Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia?This building won ?best new skyscraper of the year for design and functionality? in 2002. According to architect Ellerbe Becket, the design is based on historic geomantic principles. This is a metal-type building, in a fire and earth type zone.
? Sydney Opera House, Australia?Its construction began in 1957 by architect John Utzon and completed in August 1973. According to FSI, the structure is surely an architectural landmark of the 20th century. Because of its angular designs, in feng shui terms this is classified as a fire-type building, perfect for housing the arts. However, in its watery environment there may be many disagreements, particularly among the staff, FSI added.
? Burj Al Arab (The Arabian Tower), Dubai, UAE? This is a unique seven-star hotel built on its own island, and in the shape of the sail of a luxury yacht. According to feng shui, this is an interesting example of the earth elements. In feng shui terms this is a wood-type building, which means that it will get a lot of support from its environment. The tower was designed by architect W.S. Atkins from the United Kingdom.
? City Hall of London, UK ? The building looks like a pile of coins about to topple over. Its unique shape is due to its solar heating which allows it to use just 25 percent of the energy used by conventional buildings. Is its unique design good for the banking district where it sits? Probably, yes, according to feng shui - in its position this building will support the locale, good for a municipal building, says the Feng Shui Institute. In its terms this is a metal building. Architect: Foster & Partners
? British Airways, UK headquarters?The British Airways? new headquarters has a unique street atmosphere complete with shops, banking facilities, a library, a fitness club, cafés, restaurants and quiet work and meeting spaces?all for the development and efficiency of its employees. The complex is surrounded by a 280-acre park with three small rivers running through the site. According to feng shui, the floor plan of the building appears to be half an airplane. Due to its angular form, this is a fire building although it looks more like an earth-type building from pictures.
? Kansai Airport Terminal, Osaka, Japan?Built on a man-made island, this soaring wing like passenger terminal stretches a mile in two parts and the whole thing sits on hydraulic jacks. Wide atriums reach up over 60 meters (200 feet) to the curving ceiling, where colorful mobiles float on a gentle breeze. By feng shui principles, this water-type building in a water environment is perfect for travel and communication.