As the critique in the NY Times notes, the building is actually more of a fort, complete with moat, than it is a welcoming symbol of American ideals. And from an architectural perspective, the plan could, perhaps, be more exciting.
But in terms of Feng Shui this design is actually pretty cool 🙂
The plan makes great use of the symbols of Earth and Heaven: a cube representing the stability of Earth, set within a circle signifying the everlasting continuity of Heaven.
This aspect of the design makes it feel “complete.”
In addition, all five of Feng Shui’s elements are present in abundant profusion: Wood in the trees and plantings; Fire in the facade’s angular elements; Earth in its cubic shape; Metal in the circular pathways and water features; and Water in the surrounding lake as well as the glass of the building itself.
Check out the architectural design statement on their blog at Kieran Timberlake Associates.
What do you think of this design?