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Tower II planned with the Maharishi in mind: Developer aims to build healthful workplace
by Mark Chediak

Washington Post    Translate This Article
20 June 2005

Jeffrey Abramson, a partner with Tower Cos., a large development company in the Washington, DC area, said that his goal in incorporating Vedic Architecture into the new 72 million dollar complex his company is proposing, is to offer tenants a more spiritually fulfilling and healthy workspace. The lengthy interview by Washington Post writer Mark Chediak explored Abramson's commitment to optimizing health and success through the ancient building principles. Abramson is a partner with Tower Cos. development company, the largest 'green' builder in in Washington, DC area.

The article noted that Abramson was introduced to Vedic Architecture through Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the Transcendental Meditation Programme, which Abramson also practises. Abramson used the Vedic principles of harmony and order in building his own home and was impressed with the results.

'We spend 90 per cent of our time indoors, and therefore the built environment has the potential to help a person to succeed,' Abramson was quoted as saying. 'That's why I'm interested in Vedic architecture.'

The new 200,000-square-foot office complex, called Tower II, will not only be 'green' (complying with standards set by the US Green Building Council), but will also meet the standards of Vedic Architecture promoted by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

'All measurements of Tower II, interior and exterior, are proportionally designed to mirror the geometry, or architecture, of the universe,' according to a brochure for the building.

The pamphlet says the main entrance is to face east, a central component of Vedic architecture that allows a structure 'to capture the early morning sun for the greatest benefits to the health and the vitality of the occupants.' A 'mathematically determined vastu,' or terrace, is to surround the building.

Inside, the center of the building is to have the brahmasthan, a 'silent core or nucleus,' outlined in marble on every floor.

Chediak noted that other developers in the DC area 'predict the Vedic building will generate a buzz'.

'If he (Abramson) happens to perform miracles over there,' Stephen F. Lustgarten, executive vice president for Blake Real Estate Inc. of the District said, 'then we will have to turn around and follow the Maharishi and build our buildings that way.'

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