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Maharishi Vedic Center: A unique and ancient approach to 'green' architecture of today
by Alan Sullivan, AIA
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1 September 2005
Architectural Precast Association published a special 2005 Architects Edition: Architectural Impressions which featured a three-page article on Maharishi Vedic Architecture. Writer Allan Sullivan, whose firm is now building its second Maharishi Vedic Center, provides a rich description of the principles of the ancient science, which allows 'a close connection with nature's intelligence - bringing good health, success, and growth to the highest state of consciousness for its occupants and patrons'.
The article focuses on the Maharishi Vedic Center in Lexington, Kentucky which houses a medical facility implementing the techniques of Maharishi Vedic Medicine. This was the first project involving Maharishi Vedic Architecture that Healthcare, CMW was involved with. The firm is currently constructing a second Maharishi Vedic Center in Houston, Texas.
Sullivan explained that Maharishi Vedic Architecture 'provides universal rules and principles—precise mathematical formulas, equations, and proportions—a design concept believed to bring beneficial influence of all the laws of nature to human life...' He noted that the science was refined to the extent that it required 'precision to an eighth-inch tolerance in the layout of the interior walls'.
Not only was the building designed by architects trained in the techniques of Maharishi Vedic Architecture, the finished design was then sent to an international review board to ensure that all of the standards have been met.
Sulllivan explained three key important principles incorporated into the design: orientation of the site in terms of east-west alignment, precision of the proportions of the building, and placement of the rooms according to their function. Not only was the building designed by architects trained in the techniques of Maharishi Vedic Architecture, the finished design was then sent to an international review board to ensure that all of the standards had been met.
Sullivan noted that this company had the unique challenge of honouring the precision of the design and the commitment to using using natural, non-toxic materials as well as maintaining energy efficient construction, all in light of standard building practices and national and state building codes. He described it as a 'challenge that gave the project depth and understanding for the interrelationship of the architect and the building, an understanding of harmony'.
Sullivan gave a detailed description of the various rooms in the building and how their specific function was dictated by their position within the building. For example, he noted that the kitchen and herbal preparation room were located on the south side in order to make maximum use of the sun's influence. He explained that the south side of the building was designated the 'Health' wing: treatment suites, medical offices, and health education classrooms where located there. The north side of the building was designated the 'Consciousness' wing, housing instructional areas for the teaching and practice of the Transcendental Meditation Programme, as well as administrative offices.
Sullivan explained that the design for Maharishi Vedic Architecture is so precise that it even dictates specific entry points for utilities, water, and sewage.
Sullivan's article even included a description of three ceremonies recommended by Maharishi Vedic Architecture: the groundbreaking ceremony, the cornerstone laying, and the final, 'moving-in' ceremony.
Sullivan concluded his article by saying that while he had been skeptical about the approach when the first project began, he has come to appreciate the process and the wholeness that is created between the designers, engineers, developers, and contractor.
Copyright 2005 Global Good News(sm) Service
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