here are 12 tips for a schematic design checklist, adapted from Feng Shui: A Practical Guide for Architects and Designers by Vincent M. Smith and Barbara Lyons Stewart, AIA.

  • Use regular and complete shapes for floors, departments, and rooms—preferably the Golden Rectangle. Although nonorthogonal structures may look more interesting from the outside, they inevitably create problems for the occupants. The interest quotient can be supplied instead by porches, projecting entrances, landscaping, and other design elements.
  • Place the main entrance of the building in the center to create a feeling of balance.
  • Be aware of the impact of the first view upon entering a building.
  • Create entrances that are open and visually clear and that direct you to your destination, whether to a living room, a reception desk, or an elevator.
  • Locate the public spaces of the residence or business in the front portion of the structure and the more private or intimate activities farthest from the entrance.
  • Avoid having columns and other protruding or blocking elements inside entrances, corridors, or rooms.
  • Create corridors that are wide enough for two people to pass one another without any sense of contact but not long enough to make you feel you are in a tunnel, which creates a sense of speed and pressure.
  • “Curve” straight corridors and features as much as possible with artwork, furniture, light sconces, and other architectural details.
  • Use closed risers on all staircases.
  • Do not plan doors or workstations at the end of long corridors.
  • Provide right-handed doors wherever possible.
  • Use natural and sustainable materials. From a feng shui perspective, these materials will create an environment that contains fewer toxins and is more balanced and comfortable.
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