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Graceful Lifestyles Designs
Does the shape of the building matter?
Feng Shui/Intentional Environmental DesignWritten by: Mary Dennis
School of Graceful Lifestyles
Intentional Environmental Design asks, does the shape of the building matter?
I have been involved with a corporate consolidation for the past 6 months. The goal was to move all employees from one building into 2 separate buildings. Our goal was to provide them with an assessment of which building would have stronger support for Senior Leadership placement.
Below is a brief overview of the shapes of the buildings and the feng shui/intentional environmental design assessment.
Intentional Environmental Design works within the realm of the seen and the unseen, the essential ingredient being energy, animate and inanimate. IED underscores the psychology of the built environment and the study of the Person Place Connection. It's definition in short, is the "art of placement."
It is based on mans relationship with nature and the principals of harmony and balance. It falls under the category of the natural, behavioral & physical sciences.
The use of specific design elements, such as shape and color, is taken directly from nature. These Natural Elements are referred to as Fire, Earth, Metal, Water & Wood.
Each element is multi layered, and includes many attributes that support functionality and sustainability in the built environment. Attributes are multi dimensional and versatile so as to include, such things as less absenteeism, efficiency, less stress and overall well being. Each shape and element stirs an emotional response for occupants, potential owners, sales agents and others and effects the way one feels and operates in the designed space.
That being said, the most important and first consideration is the shape of the building and the placement of the occupants within the space. Does the shape of the building influence the way a person feels in the built environment?
The following is a brief analysis of the existing buildings from an Intentional Environmental Design perspective. I trust this information will add an expanded perspective and support for Senior Leadership and the placement of their Vice Presidents, departments and consolidation design.
Please know there is no right or wrong, as all can be remedied and supported through correct intentional environmental design.
IED Recommendations & Brief Analysis:
The #10650 building featured below is whole and complete in its shape. The shape is a full rectangle, and holds the energy of wood/earth. The Wood attribute holds the energy of an upward movement and the Earth attributes are defined as, trust, strong, solid, safe and balanced. This is a good, strong & complete shape for any building. People tend to feel comfortable and safe in spaces that have all 4 corners visible and complete. The square/rectangular shape gives one a sense of trust, & security.
The #10650 floor plan features a center lobby which through its placement anchors the space and use.
The design intent includes adding an exterior canopy (shown in purple) which will extend over the entrance as you enter the building. Corporate Signage will be added as well. The extension will become visible to all who pass by. This will ground, anchor and make visible the desired new campus in this corporate center.
In addition, the #10650 placement of East Coast Sales VP and West Coast Sales VP would hold a more prominent position than in the #10750 option, because of their proximity to the front lobby. VPs, although independent of one another, would share the alignment of the newly remodeled adjoining conference room, which they could share with all occupants, as well as their teams. The #10650 Option has covered parking presenting a sense of safety for employees who enter through this venue.
#10750, featured below is L shaped and irregular. The L-Shaped Building presents an individual with a split decision upon entering into the workspace, no place to focus and feel grounded. Lobby, apex of L-shape workspace, and far reaching ends of each wing are visually disconnected, creating a possible sense of uncertainty. The shape of the building feels weak and incomplete and will be better supported and remedied through Intentional Design.
Option #10750 Placements: West Coast Sales VP and East Coast Sale VP s are positioned in the upper left hand corner, a far distance from the main lobby and would be entering the building through a side entrance with no covered parking. This placement holds less prominence and strength. One can parallel this as walking into one's home through the garage, an option considered as less correct placement for the person/place connection.
Our recommendations for the #10650 building, as our first choice option, were duly noted and final decisions are forthcoming.
Please note building shapes and land shapes hold the strongest amount of energy. They are the first consideration when Intentional Designing any space.
X Crisp, Clean, & Neutral
X Class A Building
X L-Shaped Building presents an individual with a split decision upon entering the workspace. No place to focus and feel grounded.
X Lobby--apex of L-shape workspace; far reaching ends of each wing are visually disconnected, creating a sense of uncertainty.
X Numerous & secondary entries & exits in two opposing wings
Mary Dennis, DSA, IFSG
School of Graceful Lifestyles
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