Feng Shui has become prevalent in home and office design – other than Chinese communities, it has also become increasingly popular in Western countries, as westerners draw inspiration from Feng Shui theories to create a positive and nurturing environment. While Feng Shui is inextricably linked to interior design, the architectural style can also greatly affect the energy flow. Here are some examples of Feng Shui incorporated into Hong Kong’s famous landmarks!
Bank of China, Central
Designed by the renowned I.M. Pei, the Bank of China may have a hip and modern exterior, but Feng Shui experts believe that the design reflects bad Feng Shui, as it resembles a screwdriver drilling the wealth out of Hong Kong. Due to its sharp edges, experts also believe that surrounding buildings are negatively affected by Bank of China’s aggressive nature.
HSBC Main Building, Central
According to Feng Shui experts, the two lions in front of the entrance of the HSBC Main Building in Central guard the bank’s wealth, while the escalators bring prosperity to the business. To counteract the Bank of China’s aggressive exterior, HSBC built two model cannons pointed at Bank of China to defend the building from the negative energy.
Hopewell Centre, Wanchai
Call it superstition if you will, but when Hopewell Centre was first built, Feng Shui experts believed that the building resembled a candle, which has connotations of death. In order to counteract the negative “qi”, a private swimming pool was built at the top to put out the “fire” of the candle.
Repulse Bay Hotel, Repulse Bay
When you’re on the bus to Repulse Bay, you know it’s time to get off when you see a building with a hole in the middle. Some people believe that the unique design is purely for aesthetic reasons, but architects actually deliberately leave large holes in their buildings to allow dragons to fly through. Since Repulse Bay is next to the sea, the architect believes the legend that the dragon will fly through the building to drink from the sea.
Disneyland Hong Kong
When it comes to Feng Shui, curves and angles also play an important role. In Hong Kong’s Disneyland, a Feng Shui master recommended shifting the angle of the front gate by 12 degrees, as he believed this would bring prosperity to the park. He also recommended putting a bend in the path to the train station, so that the positive energy flow wouldn’t slip past the entrance.