Do you revere nature and wish you could bring more of that feeling inside your home? Are you someone with an appreciation for ancient principles and beliefs and who also cherishes tranquility? If so, then you will probably want to find the right architect who understands the energy dynamics between spaces and how daylight plays a vital role in the way you feel in a room. All this can ground the design of your home or commercial property.
When you think about the unknown forces of nature all around us, how they affect our lives, our health, and our happiness, having a professional architect who understands these principles can help give your living areas harmony.
When you think about the unknown forces of nature all around us, how they affect our lives, our health, and our happiness, having a professional architect who understands these principles can help give your living areas harmony. It’s interesting how nature can inspire you and the positioning of functional spaces can influence prosperity and well-being. By selecting an expert in Vedic architecture to design your home or office, you can be transformed ― as if by magic.
Respecting the idea that space is divine
Designing homes isn’t just about functionality. Everything around you is vibrant and full of energy. The earth is suspended in space in our galaxy and universe. As a professional architect, it is my responsibility to enclose space with walls, floors and ceiling, but still understand that this space came into existence trillions of years ago. Places have the ability to change your life and their design must be handled carefully.
Through my culture and growing up in India, I realized space gives you a sense of belonging. Ancient structures, temples, and churches, all give a sense of well-being. It’s intriguing the way spaces are handled or treated making you feel special when you visit. Space is divine. Designing it is humbling, and observing how natural light enters the rooms and filters through different parts of the building, from morning to evening, is one of the many gifts of my life as an architect and owner of a home designed with ancient Vedic architectural principles.
By respecting space, energy and the world around us, a connection is created for you, a timelessness in bringing the outdoors and natural daylight inside.
By respecting space, energy and the world around us, a connection is created for you, a timelessness in bringing the outdoors and natural daylight inside. The style of architecture I design for my clients encloses space but still allows the sun’s rays to come through with windows and skylights into open floor plans with clean, crisp lines. It’s organic and modern.
Following Vedic architectural principles
Energy pulsates in the earth, breathing life and giving back in a grid pattern. As humans, we align with the energy so that things flow smoothly. The first step of Vedic architecture is to place the Mandala or framework to align with the earth’s energy grid, forming the principles to design buildings.
The second step is to place zones of the building according to the five elements of nature: air, water, fire, earth and akaash. Akaash is the central part and source of all the five elements, the designing begins. The movement of the sun plays a part, as it travels in the sky from east to the south and sets in the west. The sun’s path helps define the placement of the four elements in the grid.
Placing the functions of a house or office based on the correct patterns sounds like New Age, but it’s actually ancient Vedic principles. It may seem mystical, but it is very scientific creating a wonderful ambiance inside. You feel how wonderful the light filters in, how nice it looks and how you are calm and soothed in the spaces.
Designing with respect to nature
One of my current projects is a 12,000 square foot home. The home is oriented to face north with entrances on the east side. There are lots of skylights, the central spaces are open and all around are the main functions of the house with an open floor plan. There is a grand staircase that takes you from the first level to the second level. And on the second level are two master bedrooms.
The site is on a slightly elevated topography, and the design is planned to preserve as much natural vegetation and as many trees as possible. The footprint of the house is oriented cardinally and designed using many natural materials. The fenestration of the windows and the skylights are strategically placed so that you have daylight in the house from morning to evening, without glare, eliminating the uncomfortable sunlight that can be experienced if the windows are not placed correctly.
Going beyond the green building strategies
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects focus on sustainability, using natural materials like wood and stone and keeping the building footprint as small as possible. Vedic architecture goes one step beyond this and considers the orientation of the building and the placement of building functions according to the path of Sun. With natural ventilation, you save on electric bills from the heating and cooling systems. Plus by defining the spaces of the buildings in the five zones of mandala framework, the designs harvest the sunlight.
Vedic architecture goes one step beyond this and considers the orientation of the building and the placement of building functions according to the path of Sun.
Sustainability includes preserving trees on the site and respecting nature. It’s a huge responsibility to build within the environment. It must be done with care and concern. The designs influence the lives of the occupants and should be taken very seriously. When designing for my clients, I pull from the ancient principles and align them with your current needs and lifestyle giving you spaces of tranquility and harmony.
If you love nature and are ready to create divine spaces in your home or office, contact us at: 804-714-9280.
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