Working with a progressive urban planning design firm, T+T Design, The Netherlands, a feng shui proposal was created to redevelop a major piece of land adjacent to Amsterdam Centraal Station.
The program included the following: a new Stock Exchange building, a Public Library, a Communications/Media building, Residential Housing and a Park
The Design Concept is to create a dynamic and exciting project which will renew and enhance the image for Amsterdam — a city which is continually expanding, acknowledging its history, yet welcoming change and integrating natural design principles as the focus for the design. This unique project is to create a lush, green park oasis centered amid a thriving urban center. The shape of this proposed development is to be a circle within the square — circle symbolizes heaven and square symbolizes earth = “Heaven on Earth”.
Also, the circle connotes love, compassion, equality, a coming together which can facilitate the bringing (energetically & physically) the North part and the South part of Amsterdam together which will bring harmony and inspiration for future generations.
By placing the Ba-Gua as our design tool, it was determined that the main entry or direction of “chi” was from Centraal Station.
This train station is the main hub to Amsterdam and to all of Europe. As a result, the new Stock Exchange building was located in the “Wealth & Power” area of the site.
Also, the shape of the building was based on the design of a fish which symbolizes abundance and prosperity. In addition, the location of the building is close to the river which symbolizes money.
The new Public Library was located in the “Knowledge” area of the site which included existing landmarked buildings. Since a library is composed of many different departments, it seemed appropriate to create this special institution where the people will feel cozy, yet acknowledging the history and character of these significant architectural buildings.
The new Communications and Media building was located in the “Helpful People and Travel” area of the site. The curved structure was proposed to acknowledge the “Metal” quality of this area.
Based on the fundamental Chinese theory of the Five Elements, it is best to harmonize our quality of life by balancing the elements: Fire, Earth, Water, Metal and Wood.
The Residential Housing was positioned in the “Marriage, Relationship and Children, Future” areas of the site. A very appropriate location so that the families have a quiet, “yin”, area away from the “yang” active areas of the other side of the site.
Also, these homes have a wonderful picturesque view towards the main city of Amsterdam.
The Park was designed to be built over the existing railroad tracks. Note that there are no habitable structures built over these railroad tracks. Living over moving roads or tunnels creates instability for the inhabitants.
Also, from the feng shui perspective, the creation of the Park symbolizes “Earth” which balances all the surrounding “Water” of the canals and the river. Interestingly, Amsterdam is built below sea level where “Earth” structures is very balancing for the people living here in Holland.
Another interesting part of the program was to relocate the existing Chinatown located in Niewmarket which is extremely congested.
The feng shui proposal was to relocate Chinatown across the river to the low density neighborhood. Since there was already an established infrastructure for the cars and people via continual ferries and car tunnels beneath the waters, it was easily accessible for everyone to go back and forth from Amsterdam to north Amsterdam.
Also, by establishing the new Chinatown in this location, the benefits would certainly be palpable on many levels.
Chinatown would have much more space to expand their community, and the image of Amsterdam will change to become a very cosmopolitan city rather than the perception of a small town or village.
The result will be the perception that this area would become the “Hong Kong of the West” where the ferries will become a landmark to enhance Chinatown as well as the city of Amsterdam.
Please note that the existing post office facilities have been relocated to another part of Holland and that these existing buildings will be demolished.
Proposed Development in Historic District of Punda, Willemstad, Curaçao. The Punda Organization wanted a feng shui approach to revitalize and develop Punda, the oldest and historical part of Willemstad, the country’s capital. This part of the city is very diverse and boasts colonial architectural buildings as well as modern shopping facilities, but needed revitalization. The proposed development in the historic district of Punda, Willemstad, improved both the pedestrian and vehicular circulation. In addition, a new plaza with new landmarks were planned to provide clear places for people to enjoy their new surroundings while still enjoying colonial architectural jewels and a cultural experience.
The existing Malden City Hall blocks the main circulation from the MTBA train station to Malden Center.
The City Hall is an “example of the lamentable mid-1970s attempts to turn otherwise-lovely city centers into Soviet-style government centers.” Before this area was redesigned, Pleasant Street ran all the way to the MBTA Orange Line.
Pleasant Street is now blocked by Malden’s “unforgivably ugly” City Hall and various other city buildings and also, adversely affected the businesses for the city of Malden.
From a feng shui perspective, Pleasant Street symbolized the “Dragon’s Vein” being cut and obstructed which literally affected the prosperity of the city.
The Feng Shui recommendation is to demolish the existing City Hall and to move their offices to the existing Malden High School (see 4 on plan) building which has the appropriate image for Malden City Hall and is located in a very prominent, central and accessible location in the center of the city.
Once the existing City Hall is demolished, this newly open space, which can easily be designed as a “welcoming plaza”, will create much more business for the city of Malden.
The Malden High School is seriously considering the possibility of constructing a new building for their school.