Around the Asian region regardless of faith, many individuals subscribe to the principles of Feng Shui. The tenets of Feng Shui revolve around a system of Chinese geomancy which in today’s modern world has been capitalized primarily with regards to the orientation of homes and the spaces within in a manner which helps promote in retaining positive qi which is believed to improve ones life, well-being as well as business prosperity. That being said, the belief in the principles of Feng Shui has spread far and wide, to the United States and even Australia.
It is this belief in Feng Shui and promoting harmony between man, building and nature that became the guiding principle in the renovation of this very interesting home in Jakarta, Indonesia. The owners of this home actually consulted a Feng Shui master prior to engaging the architects for the job of which Edha Architects were selected to undertake this project. The basis for the layout of this home has not been detailed out by the architect as only specific instructions from the Feng Shui master was provided.
To me, Feng Shui is the understanding and placement of key elements externally as well as within the home and revolves around the elements of Water, Fire, Wind and Earth. But often, translating this understanding and implementing a layout and design for a home can be a tough and daunting task. This beautiful home in Jakarta uses a mix of marble, timber, huge glass panes (for both windows & skylight) and lattice woodwork on the top floor of this home. All the elements used are to promote geometric symmetry of lines on the facade of the house while internally the primary focus is on promoting the flow of air & light. To me for this home the promotion of light and air seems to be the most important for this home due to the general layout of the home as well as taking into account the garage styled parking which to me looks like the entrance of a tomb, now don’t go quoting me on this as I’m definitely no Feng Shui master.
It is definitely interesting to look at homes that have placed an emphasis on Feng Shui as there some times is a misconception that a home that follows the tenets of Feng Shui cannot look ultra modern; which is something i personally do not believe. Have a look at the pictures of this home and do share your thoughts with other readers on your opinion on the application of Feng Shui in this Indonesian home.
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