The Art Of Feng Shui At Harmony Village In Toronto

As a student pursuing a Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management, I'm aware of how critical it is for builders to create healthy living environments for their future tenants. City Core Developments and Fortress Real Developments, in coordination with Page+Steele/IBI Group Architects, have created an exemplary new condominium in the Greater Toronto Area that incorporates Feng Shui. For those of you who are new to the concept of Feng Shui, it's a Chinese practice where people, place, and landscape are energetically harmonized through a philosophy of design.

With increased awareness of sustainable healthy living, and specific cultural preferences, see below for some examples of how a high-rise development called 'Harmony Village' is appealing to the mature Chinese market in Toronto. 

 

 

Image Courtesy of Citycore Developments/Fortress

 

 

Feng shui is one of the five arts of Chinese metaphysics, classified as physiognomy, which is the observation of appearances through formulas and calculations in order to create holistic harmony between place and people.This includes creating natural ecosystems through the use of landscaping, both inside and out. This is achieved at Harmony Village though the creation of a green living wall in the lobby, in addition to greenhouses, winter gardens, spiritual Zen gardens, a green roof, and other on-site landscaping.

 

 

Image Courtesy of Citycore Developments/Fortress

 

 

The building's indoor environment quality is also oriented around Feng Shui and the occupant's comfort. For example, the building utilizes fresh air ventilation systems with individual heat recovery systems in each unit, which helps increase air circulation. Each suite also includes airtightness separation on the doors between the suites, and common areas, to reduce the flow of odors and tobacco smoke.

 

 

Image Courtesy of Nikolay Klyushkin, of Toronto Real Estate Guide

 

 

Low to no volatile organic compounds are used in the interior finishes to reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants and volatile organic compounds. The building’s geothermal design also allows individual heating and cooling control in the suites.

 

 

Image Courtesy of Citycore Developments/Fortress

 

 

In English, Feng Shui literally translates to "wind-water", which means Feng Shui design embraces water features such as fountains and ponds. They've been included in the lobbies, lounges, and landscaping of this development.

 

 

Image Courtesy of Nikolay Klyushkin, of Toronto Real Estate Guide

 

 

In addition to the above holistic design elements, Harmony Village also boasts mind and body related amenities, such as yoga, health and wellness clinics, and exercise rooms.

 

 

Image Courtesy of Nikolay Klyushkin, of Toronto Real Estate Guide

 

 

The design of "living walls", lush landscaping, and the emphasis on health and wellness using Feng Shui practices is inspiring. Not only is it a great example of the direction developers are taking to appeal to their target market, but it embraces sustainable practices in high-density living.

Visit Citycore Developments and Fortress Real Developments for information on this project, and checkout Page+Steele/IBI Group Architects to view their designs. 

For more information on this building, and the other amenities it has to offer, visit Harmony Village Toronto

 

Researched and written by James Daniel, Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management at George Brown

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