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Case Study: Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank

Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank: Norman Foster architect (1986), Hong Kong

In an interview, the architect Foster: " When the bank called us along with other architects, they said feng shui would be important in the project evaluation. When the meeting took place all architects left, but we decided to stay. We agreed we had to get our feng shui expert to involve into the project. He designed the first sketch. He told about the corner where the 2-story main entrance had be placed and he also lead the way to the structural progress of the entire building and on the arrangement of the interior."

The Hong Kong & Shangai Bank has a spot of spiritual significance in the geomantic atlas that determines the fate of Hong Kong. According to the principles of feng shui, the flow of energy that flows from the highest point of the Victoria Peack to Victoria Harbour is critical to the financial well-being of the city. The expert said "five dragon-lines descended from the mountain peak and converge on the business district in the center of Hong Kong; some lines are dotted with "dragon-points" or "energy-centers", similar to acupuncture meridian points: points where, notoriously, a source of ch'i of particular power rises to the surface. The area on which stands the bank is one of these; actually it is the only "dragon-point" over the entire length of the line. As for feng shui, the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank is located in the best location in Hong Kong. This explains why it is the most profitable and main banking company in Hong Kong."

According to the geomancer, raising the tower from the ground and creating a large public space on the ground floor, it ensures a beneficial flow of energy channeled into the bank via carefully positioned escalators.

The people of Hong Kong say that Koo Pak Ling, the feng shui expert consulted by the Hong Kong & amp; Shanghai Bank leaders, has received 1M dollars for his advice. To launch the project the bank called him to examine the place, to search for any evil or demonic presence and to make sure that the project was born under favourable auspices. Norman Foster in an interview said: "The geomancer collaborated with us for the first draft and showed us where to place the entrance to the building."

Norman Foster also declares: "The geomancer gave us some structural guidelines for the facade and the interior layout."

The geomancer was also asked to decide the most favourable date to remove the bronze lions located at the entrance of the old headquarters. The lions were then relocated in front of the new building. Any error in establishing the most favourable date for moving the lions could have compromised the future of the bank and the entire city. The entire construction of the tower was carefully observed by experts in feng shui; their considerations were then reported in many newspapers of the Chinese press. When the building was operating some bank employees asked to consult a feng shui expert because their desks were placed under the giant video projector made of metal. Others complained about being seated with their back facing the elevator and being bothered by a sense of constant motion coming from their desks. In Chinese geomancy this situation means that it will bring diseases and bad luck to the occupants of the affected offices. The Department Manager and the staff agreed that an expert had to be consulted to avoid diseases and evil influences. Therefore the Manager called Mr. Ling for a new consulting. The expert inspected all the premises of the bank and recommended to make some changes assuring the staff on the excellent feng shui of the bank.