Feng shui, the Chinese art of placement, is an ancient architectural philosophy that dates to the Shang Dynasty (circa 1600–1050 B.C.). One of the Five Phases of Chinese metaphysics, feng shui, which is translated as “wind-water,” focuses on the art and science of creating abundance within the built environment. Its basic principles incorporate the placement and position of buildings and objects; the five elements—water, fire, earth, metal, and wood; and the theories of yin and yang (harmony of opposing forces) and qi (vital energy) to facilitate balance, wellbeing, wealth, and good fortune. In this Luxury Defined collection, we showcase five elegant homes designed in accordance with this ancient practice.
Pointe-Claire Lake House
This serene estate is poised on a sheltered bay on Lake Saint-Louis, in Pointe-Claire, Quebec. The property was built in strict compliance with feng shui principles and building materials. The striking three-level main residence has a façade of Ducharme quarried stone and open-plan interiors with 11-foot ceilings, Brazilian Jatoba floors, and large windows that frame the sweeping water views. The garden level includes a media room, wet bar, and wine cellar, and opens to a verdant lawn. At the water’s edge is a unique four-season boat house with a large wooden deck, beautiful wood interiors, and wall of windows facing the lake.
St Ann’s Court
St Ann’s Hill, Surrey, England
St. Ann’s Court is a unique and iconic modern country estate in Surrey, just 30 minutes west of Central London. Offering just under 12,000 square feet of interior space across 34 rooms, the property comprises a pair of substantial yet contrasting buildings. The primary home, the circular three-story Round House, is a Grade II* modernist masterpiece by renowned architect Sir Raymond McGrath. Arranged over three floors, the house was designed with Lo P’an divisions in the Feng Shui tradition. The accommodations include a spectacular circular living room, dining room, Mondrian-inspired kitchen and library. The 18th-century coach house has been reimagined as a contemporary home ideal as entertainment and work space. A blend of contemporary and traditional landscapes, the grounds are composed of seven distinct gardens, woodland, and five ponds.
The House of 8's
West Linn, Oregon
The House of 8’s, a luxurious estate near downtown Portland, Oregon, was designed by its current owner, an interior designer and Classical Feng Shui Practitioner. The elegant Shingle-style main residence and its tranquil two-acre gardens were built to maximize feng shui balance throughout. A covered portico with statement cedar ceilings, supported by thick white columns opens to a two-story foyer. A transparent fireplace divides the living room, the kitchen, and dining space. Three sets of French doors lead out to a sensational resort-inspired living space, complete with a saltwater pool, glass fire pit, granite bar, and outdoor kitchen. Adjacent is a courtyard, which serves as an event or recreation space.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
This beautiful pueblo-style home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has been carefully sited to complement the land and capture scenic vistas of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains from nearly every vantage. The property is owned by a feng shui master and has won multiple design awards. The sophisticated yet casual interior spaces are well suited for both grand-scale entertaining or intimate family gatherings. Among the exquisite architectural details are high ceilings, vast windows, and kiva fireplaces. The gourmet kitchen opens to the living and dining areas, which are surrounded by covered terraces facing the mountains.
Zen House is perfectly poised, amid boulders and indigenous gardens, with a birds-eye view of Pinnacle Peak. There is a great calming presence at the entrance, punctuated with a water feature and colorful desert plants. Inside is a soothing, soft palette of grays, whites, and creams—no stark “loud” colors. The foyer opens to a great room with floor-to-ceiling doors bringing the outdoors in. The outdoor spaces combine natural elements of fire and “rivers” of water flowing to the pool. The bed in the master suite faces east to the morning sun and mountain views. The residence also benefits from supreme privacy, thanks to its exclusive location in the Estancia Club, home to the award-winning, private Tom Fazio golf course.