Vaastu Shastra - Vedic Architecture
Vedic Architecture on Tall Buildings

In any modern city, Skyscrapers are the important Landmark and it is an emerging tendency to go for the tallest buildings. Is this trend good or bad? Lets examine the same based on Vaasu principles, which laid a solid foundation for peaceful living.

A general movement against Skyscrapers is not new in most of the developed countries. A healthier city normally grows horizontally; not vertically.

Height of Building and Vaastu

As per traditional Indian Architecture (Vaastu Sasthra -Vedic Architecture), the height of the building is proportional to the minimum width of it. There are different proportions.


Name / Reference        Meaning           Width : Height Ratio
Shantika                     Peaceful              1: 1 3/7   (1: 1.43)
Paushtika                   Prosperous          1: 1      (1: 1.50)
Jayada                       Successful           1: 1      (1: 1.75)
Atbhuta                      Wonderful          1: 2         (1: 2.00)
Sarvakamika              Desired by all      1: 2 1/8   (1: 2.125)
     
As per Mayamata (a classical text on Vaastu Sastra), the maximum allowed height is 2.125 times the width of the building for any type of  Prayojaka Vaastu (functional buildings). For high rise buildings with the function of symbolism (Praasada Vaastu), Stupas (decorative pillars) etc., a height 6 times the minimum width is fine. Modern engineering also supports this fact without hesitation for safe structures.

Other considerations

For each buildings there must be surrounding land with a boundary. That is known as Vaasthu Mandala or Vaastu kshetra. More open space is required depending upon the height of the building. More open spaces are required on the East and on the North hand sides. The perfect alignment of the building in accordance with the prime directions are better. A water body (fountain, Garden Pond etc.) on the north will be useful.  For skyscrapers an all-round open space of 2.5 times the height of the building is a must according to Vaastu principles. (The shadow of the building should not go beyond the plot boundaries !) This will facilitate in maintaining the building activities in a better way and to give proper parking spaces for the vehicles. Residential buildings up to 5 floors above the ground and ten floors for the Commercial / Offices buildings is better. The sharp and pointed edges of the buildings are Poison arrows - must be avoided.

The negative aspects

The skyscrapers are the proud of any town or nation. But functionally they have very poor performance and less functional efficiency with respect to the resources spent for that. The management of the building is difficult in the event of fire or other risky situations. While the density of the skyscrapers increase in a particular place, the Earth's magnetic lines will deviate in that area due to the high content of steel in the buildings. The high power consumption causes heavy electric field and electromagnetic field in the area.  This will lead to many behavioral changes and uneasiness in human beings.

In several cities the Municipal Corporations are insisting height restriction for construction.

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