The Shard View_The_London_Feng_Shui

The architecture of The Shard has brought many debates about its beauty and functionality, with divergent opinions being fought hard. But looking at this building from a Feng Shui perspective brings a straight, forward insight.

Many criticisms have been written about The Shard but to me the two main questions that should be worth answering are:

The Shard fire element

Does The Shard have good or bad Qi (energy)?


What is the impact of this unique building

in the surrounding environment?

From a Feng Shui point of view The Shard’s element is Fire.

 The Fire element has been used for centuries in the design of churches and spiritual buildings. This element is associated with spirituality, passion and it incorporates the qualities of beauty and elegance. However, when Fire is too strong it leads to obsession and the passion transforms into rage. Its hot flames can burn or transform into a forest fire.

The Fire “trigram” is composed by two Yang lines outside and one Yin inside, meaning that from outside the building can be seen as aggressive and daring but inside it is soft.

The answer to the first question can be found in the landform that surrounds Shard.

 Analysing the environment:

So, is this beautiful and elegant building radiating passion or is it a forest in fire ready to burn the surroundings?

The landform where The Shard is located is called Earth Water Star.  In the “Productive Cycle” – Earth weakens Fire. The Shard being Fire is being weakened by environment and we have many examples of how local people and media reacted to its opening:

“The Shard was furiously opposed by local people, and by historic buildings and conservation authorities. It was pushed as a symbol of Britain’s love affair with financial bling at the turn of the 21st century, with “iconic” celebrities and the eff-you greed of arbitrage. It was allowed to go ahead by Yorkshire’s John Prescott as a single-finger gesture in the face of wimpish southerners”. By Simon Jenkins – The Guardian

“The oil-Rich Qataris failed to note those three basic requirements for success in the UK property market: location, location and – you guessed it – location”. By Mira Bar Hillel – Independent

“London’s Shard: a ‘tower of power and riches’ looking down on poverty”. By Robert Booth- The Guardian

In reality the building, being a Yin structure, is supporting the environment and eventually, when the right time will come, it will be accepted and appreciated for the benefits that will bring: the area will see new changes and new wealth. Furthermore being located in SE of London, the building creates a Sheng Cycle between:

  • the geographic position South-East (Wood)
  • the building element (Fire)
  • the landform (Earth).

Being the tallest building in the area of course it attracts attention and criticism (for now) but this is the fate of this powerful building.

The Shard Fire Qi has an impact on the environment more than any other building. It acts as a fire mountain for the surrounding buildings that include: city hall, the houses of parliament, Saint Paul, just to name few.

The impact of The Shard’s energy on the City Hall:

The Shard’s Qi of Fire controls City Hall Qi- that is metal. This means authority, power under control from foreign investments. Evidently, not very positive political advertising for the Mayor of London, and the first one to remind about the debt was the developer of The Shard, Irvine Sellar, who said after London’s new skyscraper was officially inaugurated: “London owes a debt to Qatar”. Telegraph

The impact of The Shard’s energy on the Houses of Parliament:

Acting as a Fire Mountain for the Houses of Parliament, The Shard’s Fire Qi brings positive energy. Fire feeds fire/earth that are the elements of the Houses of parliament reinforcing the relationship between new investments and the above and denoting a positive attitude towards new changings from the Houses of Parliament.

The Shard’s architect: Renzo Piano and his Destiny Chart

There is an important aspect that made me analyse the Destiny Chart of Renzo Piano, The Shard’s architect. To try to understand why Renzo Piano, who was known to dismiss towers as ‘aggressive phallic fortresses’, surprisingly took this job?

Renzo Piano is a Yang Wood Day Master born “untimely” when Metal was at his highest peak and his Wood element was dead. His Destiny chart is dominated by Direct Power (Metal) that creates a rational and responsible person, conservative, self- disciplined with leadership talents.

Renzo’s chart is driven by Wealth and Power, and his Day Master (Wood) is lost in combinations. What is interesting about this chart is that when Renzo met The Shard’s developer Irvine Sellar, his luck pillar went through Water Tiger period making Renzo’s chart out of balance by different elements Water and Wood (Resources and Friendly Parallels).

Renzo’s Yang Wood element that can be associated with a big Tree, was becoming strong enough to go against any principles and become adventurous in his design and style marking the story of architecture and make people to talk about him for decades to come.

Because, The Shard is the revolution that was born once more in Piano’s veins!

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