John Hejduk

July 30, 2008






Prof. Hejduk’s “Tower for Musician and Painter” in Berlin may sound good on paper and look good in photos, but it does not work in practice from a Feng Shui perspective.

By locating the main and the tallest tower in the middle of the “Ming Tang” (open space formed by the lower buildings to the left and right), the heart is blocked and the “Sheng Qi” cannot be assembled and as a result the residents cannot enjoy the otherwise sunny and protected space at the front. A good lesson to learn to keep the Ming Tang open and free.

But this problem can easily be fixed with a well-placed courtyard wall….

We say in Feng Shui, “When the host is tall and powerful, the guests have to embrace him tightly (4 sides) but generously (a clear boundary for the Ming Tang space) to enhance “Qing” (love and affection) by gathering the Sheng Qi (Ju Qi).”

“Ju Qi, Ju Qing”. 











2 Responses to “John Hejduk”

  1. david t Says:

    Hejduk intended for the tower be placed at the sidewalk space, thus enclosing a courtyard space that contained the house for the painter and musician objects. Most or all of his sketches indicate this… however the built form reflects something else. Thank you for doing the sketch and indicating the slabs where the objects should be placed… its interesting to see someone reading feng shui in hejduk’s work… I suspect there is much more material to be read, and that there is something problematic about suggesting the work should be different. there’s much more at work here than you give credit for, so you should be much more careful to read rather than merely write.

    • howardchoy Says:

      Hi David,

      Thanks for dropping by, I am an admirer of Hejduk’s work and I too was surprised, but as you said I have not done any research into the background and only see what I saw as it was built in Berlin but it is not always the intention of the architect, thank you for pointing it out, any further “read” from you would be appreciated.

      Also I saw his work from a Feng Shui perspective and as you know, it is not the only perspective to view another architect’s work but it helps me to understand how architecture throughout history has been put together, and it is not meant as a criticism but more like a reflection for me on the Feng Shui principles relating to built forms.


      Howard Choy

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