I wrote a blog a while ago about the problem with oddly shaped houses, and a man called Mark responded by saying, ‘I’ll take this article as a challenge for me and my architect friends. Some of us enjoy designing very unique, modern spaces, but I see that it would be foolish to neglect the wisdom of the ages. I’m now wondering what types of buildings can work good with dynamic shapes; perhaps places with more temporary uses.’
So for Mark, other architects, and anyone living in an asymmetrical home, here’s some more information I didn’t include first time round that you definitely need to know.
The article I wrote was something of a rant about missing areas, but it doesn’t mean that all buildings in the world must ideally be symmetrical. This is because not all missing areas create missing areas. Let me explain…
Standard feng shui practice is that if a missing area measures less than 50% of the side of the building it is located on, then that part of the bagua is missing and it creates a missing area. In the example shown above, the far back right-hand corner of the building is missing, which is the Relationships area. This can cause all kinds of difficulties in finding or maintaining a primary relationship, and I’ve seen this unfortunate situation more times than I like to remember.
If the missing area measures more than 50% of the side of the building it’s located on (A to B in the diagram), then what you have is not a missing area at all, but a projection that protrudes from the main building. This accentuates the energy of that area of the bagua and gives it more emphasis in your life. In the example I’ve given here, the projection is in the far back left-hand corner of the building, which is where the Wealth area is, so this can be very good for finances.
However, in practice, it’s not quite so simple. This rule only applies to a projection that occupies up to 33% of the wall it projects out from and only extends the length of the building by a maximum of 33%.
When a projection extends between 33% to 50% of the width of the building (D to E in the diagram) or its length (D to F) is longer than the main part of the building (F to G), then it creates a significant missing area and does not form a projection at all.
How to use projections
Missing areas and projections can be in any area of the bagua. In the house I built for myself in Bali many years ago, I was in a phase of my life when my career was an important focus, so I deliberately added a projection in the Career area (the centre front). My Balinese friends used to joke that the house had a long nose like I did (although I must add in my defence that they see all western noses as long because theirs are mostly quite small and flat).
This design worked wonderfully well for me, but if ever I retire (possible, but unlikely), a different house shape may be preferable. And if I decide at some point to take a complete break (an extended meditation retreat, for example), I might even choose to live in a place with no Career area at all. My point is that feng shui is worth studying because it allows us to make conscious choices that support us in our journey rather than unconscious choices that can hinder our progress in ways we may never realize.
The fact remains that for most people, the more symmetrical their home, the more balanced and productive their life will be.
So I hope this opens a more creative playing field for you, Mark and friends. I’m very interested to see what develops architecturally from here.
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