Nowadays, the art of Feng Shui is increasingly being incorporated into work space and office design layouts. The practice is most popular in China, where its beginnings can be traced back over 3000 years. However, it is becoming more popular in westernised workplaces as a way of increasing productivity by maximising the flow of ‘chi’.
It is believed to be a system of laws that govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to flow of energy, named ‘chi.’ Some of the easiest ways to include Feng Shui as an integral component of your office’s configuration concerns the reduction of clutter, placement of furniture, cubicle orientation, colour palette in design, and appropriate artwork and imagery.
Interpreting Feng Shui in existing buildings is another way of looking at design. The radical shape of City Hall, in London minimises the surface area exposed to direct sunlight (approximately 25% less than an equivalent rectangular building) and saves energy.
During construction work at the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour, feng shui is considered carefully for energy flow.
The use of steel mesh fencing is also one type of material that doesn’t have any impact on the movement of qi.
Feng Shui design elements were also used at The Chaun Spa at The Langham, Melbourne. Many celebrities swear by the practice, including Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, Sting and Donald Trump.