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Vastu Shastra: an Architecture of Harmony and Unity with Nature

Today many modern architects, including the Japanese ones, apply Vastu Shastra system to the design of living spaces. This system originated over 5,000 years ago in ancient India.

The Sanskrit word Vastu means ‘a dwelling’ or ‘a house, a room’, and Shastra may be translated as ‘a science, a doctrine’. Therefore, Vastu Shastra is a science of sacred architecture, founded by ancient wise men and dedicated to the construction of a harmonious living space that helps to strengthen the human relations of its residents.  

Vastu Shastra system allows you not only to build a living space, which contributes to the spiritual growth of a person but also to use natural materials for construction because Vastu Shastra suggests a harmonious coexistence of the five elements: air, water, fire, earth, and emptiness. The provisions of this doctrine intertwined with modern design trends: the teachings of Vastu Shastra were used in the construction of offices of Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing, World Bank, NASA, and others.

Гармония Васту Шастра

Vastu Shastra has a scientific basis and a set of fundamental provisions. 

Based on these provisions, living space is designed in a way that provides a harmonious unity of all five elements.

Васту Шастра

When deciding a room location, much attention is paid to the movement of the Sun and the poles, as well as to the airflow circulation. 

Morning sunlight is especially useful for restoring natural biorhythms, also to prevent or heal sleep disorders like insomnia.

Важность правильного освещения
Васту Шастра

Every element is responsible for a certain kind of energy. 

Earth – the energy of stability

Water – the energy of flexibility

Fire – the energy of warmth

Air – the energy of movement

Emptiness – the energy of space

Vastu Shastra sets clear rules for the location of living spaces, and the reasons and logic behind them have been successfully tested for centuries. All elements along with certain energy flows are considered during the construction of living space according to Vastu Shastra.

Colors in Vasta Shastra are determined by the reflection of sunlight and the impact on people’s spirit. Colors are also distributed by the directions of the sides of the world.

If a person chooses a place of residence where the five elements are in harmony, he will live with integrity and in harmony with nature, so his relationship with the Divine principle will be much stronger. To achieve this, you need to carefully consider your actions, including the arrangement of your house.

Планировка по Васту Шастра

Прекрасным примером жилого пространства, построенного по системе Васту Шастра, является частная резиденция Пуруша Мандала в Индии, спроектированная компанией Khosla Associates.

A Vastu Purusha Mandala private residence in India designed by Khosla Associates is an excellent example of a living space built in compliance with Vastu Shastra. 

Master bedroom in the Earth zone, kitchen in the Fire zone, the pool and entrance in the Water zone and Air zones. Even the positions of doors, the direction of the stairs, location of beds, wardrobes and desks and the positions of the water closets in the bathrooms were arranged following the correct energy flows.

Дом по принципам Васту Шастра
Японский дом с внутренним двориком

The house looks modern with its numerous split-levels, open and semi-closed courtyards, and green inserts. This design is close to modern Japanese architecture.

Японский дом с внутренним двориком

Kasugai Architects+ has cooperated with architects who know the essence of Vastu Shastra and Feng Shui. One of these innovative projects is the Shepelyovo Residence, the project created in collaboration with the Japanese architectural and construction company Yusuke Takahashi Architects.

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