Saturday, July 1, 2017

Dragon Windows


There is a unique feature in the Hong Kong skyline

  
Buildings in one of the most expensive real estate areas have structural gaps. 

Hong Kong sits between mountains and ocean which places it in the path of mythological dragons. The wind from mountain to ocean is a product of their movement and blocking the dragons is bad Feng Shui.  


The building gaps are called dragon windows and are made to accommodate positive energy flow. 

Feng Shui, like most traditional expression, was suppressed during the 1960's Cultural Revolution.


As the Hong Kong skyline continues to grow, there is a renewed interest in the cultural practice. The revival has more to do with cultural embrace than actual dragon passage. However, ignoring Feng Shui has real economic consequences including difficulty leasing what would otherwise be prime real estate space.

Architectural firms pay large sums to confer with experts and there are as many Feng Shui consultants in the area as there are accountants or lawyers.


Hopewell Centre
Shaped like a candle or cigarette, the 64 floor building opened in the 1980's. The negative fiery energy was countered by constructing a circular swimming pool on the roof.


Repulse Bay
Built in the 1920's the former hotel is now luxury apartments. 


Living with good Feng Shui in a 1,892 sq ft apartment will cost you $11,270.83 a month plus a $998 monthly fee and a $496.6 government fee.


The Arch Moon Towers
The 5,497sq ft penthouse and rooftop sold in 2008 for $226,000,000. The Harbourside, another residential skyscraper sits next to The Arch.


Bank of China Tower
Considered a Feng Shui disaster, it was the tallest building in Asia until 1992.
The architect, I. M. Pei designed the building to symbolize growing bamboo shoots and had intended to complete the project on the auspicious date of 8 August 1988.


In Feng Shui, the sharp edges represent knife edges which cut positive energy and the X shapes are also considered negative. Completion was delayed and the opening, on the less than auspicious date of 15 June 1990, correlated to a downturn in the economy. 


The building is such a Feng Shui catastrophe it is blamed for the bad luck of several neighboring buildings. The Government House, where the governors of Hong Kong reside, is directly across from one of the sharp corners and since the tower opened, the governors have had brief and unlucky terms of service. Other governmental executives have refused to live in the house.


The Lippo Centre
Completed in 1988, and directly in line of a Tower knife edge, the office building has been "riddled with spectacular corporate collapses in its ownership."


Cheung Kong Centre
Learning from the neighboring Feng Shui disaster, the Cheung Kong Centre was designed "to balance out its more creative neighboring skyscrapers". Sitting between the unfortunate Bank of China Tower and the negative energy cannons of the HSBC Building, (that bit is up next) the simple tower is situated to allow good energy flow from the mountains, around the building, and out to the bay.


The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC)
The fourth rebuilding of the headquarters finished on 18 November 1985.
The escalators at the building entrance were set at an angle to prevent evil spirits from flowing into the office. The building has a high, hollow atrium that invites wind and positive energy inside. 


When the Bank of China Tower started messing up neighboring energy, a Feng Shui counter was constructed. 


Two negative energy cannons were installed at the top of the building, pointing to the Bank of China building and deflecting the energy back to its source.


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