The Bank Of China has a new home in New York City, located by Bryant Park. I remember observing this building as it was being constructed over the past year or so. I took immediate notice to the front entrance and thought, there must be some feng shui principles integrated into the design.
I did some research to look up any facts about the architectural design and have not come across anything just yet. So what I share in this post is from my observation with feng shui in mind.
- Looking to the front entrance, you'll see it has a unique design of a disc like overhead cover. This could have been created to help offset the oncoming aggressive traffic pattern from four directions.
- Taking a closer look, you'll notice the floor by the front entrance resembles that of an abstract compass (perhaps to indicate worldly business connections).
- You will also notice the element of wood (which is connected to the energy of growth and expansion) has been acknowledged though a virtual screen.
There is an interesting curvature to the front of the building that has stuck my curiousity.
- Perhaps this design is to help channel away oncoming aggressive energy from building?
- The edges of this building design (from my observation with feng shui) feel a bit aggressive so it makes me wonder...maybe this design was created to to harness energy from other buildings like a container?
- Or to push energy away from the building onto other buildings? I am not sure as I am not in the mind of the architect who designed this structure.
I can offer this insight. In the past, The Bank of China architect's have been known to create aggressively designed buildings. This happened with The Bank of China building design in Hong Kong, completed in 1989. The controversy stems from the way it was designed and how it affected the neighboring buildings around it. From a feng shui perspective, the sharp corners are seen as 'shar chi,' or cutting energy, draining the energy of nearby buildings and the people around it.
To be clear, I am not placing judgment on the building's design. I am curious to know the intention behind the design, as it seems it could go either way.
What do you think?
Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times.