One of the favorite subjects on architecture is China. Because it just shows you all the great examples of how things can be achieved in a traditional way, while now exploring the extreme heights of modern architecture. What interests us is the more traditional part, which is still prevalent even in modern building projects. Although many might have forgotten these old styles, without a doubt such a long history has it’s effect on every day lives of the Chinese people.
One important element is symmetry, which is just everywhere. From palaces to old farm houses, symmetry has been practiced with one exception however which is the Chinese garden. After all, you need to have balance even with symmetry and what better way to bring that into reflection than embracing what nature provides. Something however which is strikingly common from a very old age, is that just like in the modern days houses were fenced off to protect the inhabitants.
While it’s not all Fengshui, of course it’s an important part especially in the ancient times. But basically the goal is the same as in most constructions, which is to create an environment that is well fitted for living, for everyone. The way in which this is achieved however is very down to earth. Taking into account three elements (sancai), which are the heaven, earth and humans. When you think about it, it pretty much sums down everything that is needed for any design of the construction project. Except now they have different names and terminologies. If you have never heard of the doric order, lancet window or the martyrium, not to worry. Everyone has heard of happiness, well-being and health. Might sound obvious, but seems that in modern day architecture it is not. Or rather, as if the most necessary elements are so hidden in modern terminology that these ideals that should be true to any designer, are becoming lost and forgotten.
For us, architecture is all about prioritising. And whenever we feel like if there is any change that we might ahve lost our way. We look upon Fengshui and the basic elements of Chinese architecture. It gives us not just path, but our roots for those things that should not be forgotten. Architecture is more of a science than a profit machine. While we must accept the economic principles that govern much of the business around it, it is no excuse to make constructions that do not bring forth harmony in our planet and well-being in our selves. This is the value that IFAC teaches day and night, just to remember and bring awareness.