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New building 'dissolves the distinction between the manufactured and natural world'
by Global Good News staff writer
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19 June 2012
While standing in the centre of the newest building on the Maharishi University of Management (MUM) campus, architect Jon Lipman explained the concept of Brahmasthan.
The Brahmasthan is a central element of Maharishi Vastu design, and is one that has been employed in the new Sustainable Living Center at MUM.
'At the very heart of every Vastu building—as in the heart of all the structures of nature—is a silent point,' Mr Lipman began. In Sanskrit this silent centre is known as the Brahmasthan, the place where the wholeness of the structure is established.
This silent point can be seen in many places, Mr Lipman said.
'That's a pattern which has a particular function in nature. It maintains the link between that particular structure and the rest of the cosmos. . . . When we create structures we should also give them that central point.'
He went on to explain that the central point, or Brahmasthan, should be set aside; there should be no activity in that area. The Brahmasthan should also be daylit, flooded by light directly from the sun.
The Brahmasthan in the recently completed Sustainable Living Center is not only a point of silence, but a point filled with life and nature.
The idea behind its design, Mr Lipman said, is that nature should be present in the Brahmasthan. This was achieved by lining it with eight whole trees, each six or seven meters in height.
'We have created a little grove or copse, a piece of nature in the centre of a building,' Mr Lipman added.
He continued, 'You can have the experience of being among trees, with sunlight trickling in above you in that kind of soft, indirect way which is your experience when you're in a grove of trees, [or] in a forest—which you do not normally experience in a building. In that way, the heart of this building dissolves the artificial distinction between the manufactured world and the natural world.'
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