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UK: Maharishi Garden Village integrates traditional Vastu design elements in a new setting
by Global Good News staff writer
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2 April 2012
At the Ecobuild Exhibition in London, the world's leading event for sustainable design, construction, and the built environment, a booth presenting the concept of Maharishi Vastu Architecture showcased the preeminent Vastu housing development in the United Kingdom. Maharishi Garden Village in Rendlesham, Suffolk, England is a settlement of 57 houses and apartment buildings designed according to the life-supporting principles of Vastu.*
In addition to all the traditional Vastu elements, such as orientation toward the east and rising sun, and strategic location of rooms in the layout, many other design elements have been thoughtfully taken into account.
John Renwick, a UK-based Vastu Consultant, described some of the unique features of Maharishi Garden Village.
He explained the concept of a Brahmasthan, or central point of silence in the building. This design allows for a focal point of the home, but also serves a practical lighting purpose. 'Each house has a roof lantern above the Brahmasthan, which shines light into all three storeys,' Mr Renwick said.
Though many of the houses are large and spacious, Mr Renwick added that Maharishi Garden Village has begun constructing semidetached and smaller houses.
'This is a formula we are exploring because we found that people are on lower budgets often, particularly in the present economic climate.'
As a result, Mr Renwick and others have been looking at 'new solutions for smaller Maharishi Sthapatya Veda [Vastu] houses without compromising any of the features, so you still have Brahmasthan, Vastu, all the rooms correctly positioned and so on—but a smaller space and yet with . . . a large garden at the back. People are very happy in those.'
Even with a mix of smaller and larger houses, the overall layout of the village is carefully designed, said Mr Renwick.
'It doesn't feel a highly dense layout, but actually it's something like 20 houses to a hectare [about 2.5 acres]. . . . That's really quite dense, but it doesn't feel the case because of the Vastus. The houses are carefully designed so they don't overlook each other too much, and there's a good balance between privacy and community, which is what people like.'
But people live in Maharishi Garden Village primarily for the Vastu design. So, Mr Renwick added, 'the placement of the rooms and the proportion and dimensions are all of course rigourously to Maharishi Sthapatya Veda standards.'
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* Vastu refers to Vedic architecture—the complete knowledge of design and building in accord with natural law—brought to light from the Vedic literature by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as Maharishi Sthapatya Veda.
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