Southgate Sg Besi - an epitome of a failed FengShui despite award wining architecture, almost deserted human traffics. It was once marketed as a prime location stone throw away from KLCC with FengShui excellent, audited by the lineage holder of XuanKong DaGua from the legendary HK grandmaster Chen BeiSheng's prodigy. Somehow, something wasn't quite right. Where has it gone so very wrong? It is sarcastically true that the proof of the pudding is in the eating...
THE PSEUDO SANYUAN WUCHANG ANALYSIS
We were in a discussion with the developer who developed the scheme and we were also being made known what had been installed. Strangely, we also read that some novelty master of the pseudo WuChang origin stated that the door was in a right position but some how it did not bring about the desire effect. It is another way of saying, the recipe for the pudding is right but somehow it taste awful when ingested. What sort of logic is that?
To add to the distasteful of the WuChang's pudding, it was also claimed that the awful taste largely contributed by the 'cutting feet' water deriving from the main road of Sg Besi. So, in other words, the Qi has been cut off by the heavy traffic road being too straight and merciless it will not have benevolent effect even if the entrance is rightly located. Unbelievable!
To add insult to the already injured appetite after ingesting the WuChang's pudding, it was claimed that the water features were located at the wrong location, thus activating all the negative WuChang's Flying Star.
Don't know if the soft launch is 20 July 2009 and it was claimed to have been afflicted by WuChang's 3 Killings but in reality, it seems not to have been recovered since! But wait a minute, wouldn't annual affliction only lasted for a year and this seems to have been in perpetuity?
URBAN DESIGN GONE AWRY
Notwithstanding the fact that the architectural designs resembled a mild degree of avant-garde architecture, but the onset of urban design is close to zero. The heavy traffic of Sg Besi and the lacked of sheltered walk ways, given the hot scorching micro climate of the tropical city, it is the most pedestrian unfriendly place in town. The pedestrian bridge failed to draw people from the opposite side of the road directly into the building, as the bridge drop short of penetrating into the mall. In a nut shell, there is no urban linkages that connect the peripheral to the plaza.
There is also vague Porte Corchere and for stranger, you will not able to recognise easily the main entrance. Such failure did not give any sense of identity to the place. It fails terribly in place making. There is a conscious attempt to craft out voids in between buildings as plazas with atrium space. However, the spatial proportions are all hey wired and intelligent guesses revealed that the overriding principles are always profits and additional GFA, not place making.
The logic behind the location of escalators are illegible. There is a very lacked of sequence to either bring people up or down, thus the upper floor shops are left to 'die' on its own accord for the lack of patrons. Such lack of programming is never ideal for a mall.
Little did we realised, these urban design first principles are indeed closely knitted land form principles for FengShui, in regardless if you subscribed to SanHe or SanYuan.
FORM SCHOOL, FORMULA SCHOOL, WHAT SCHOOL?
Another 'FengShui Architect' has these dogmas to share, have you ever wonder why there are two main schools of Feng Shui, namely the Form School and the Compass School, and not just one? There is in fact neither Form nor Compass School. Both SanHe and SanYuan have their very own approach to Form and Compass methodologies and they are originated from the only One School - the YangGong school of FengShui.
This Southgate site in question is elevated from the main road almost 10 feet apart from the main road shoulder. Therefore, the approach to the site itself is already an outflow in a location that is supposed to receive water. Therefore it is said that the entrance is not at the correct location and no amount of water features would able to coagulate Qi. With the absent of Qi, no amount of XKDG acrobatics are able to draw Qi into the respective plazas to be circulated around. In such instances, it demonstrated that landform and compass methodologies go hand in hand without fail! This single violation itself is bad enough to starve the entire development of Qi and it has nothing whatsoever to do with cutting feet, negative stars or even 3 Killings.
Even though the entire site is composed of several buildings but for the reason of the tapestry of roofs covering these buildings, it shall be construed as a single large complex, having several atrium spaces. Thus, openings between the blocks can be construed as the entrances into the complex, within these some are construed as 'wind gap Sha'. Imagine, having your entrances as Killing Qi?
In relation to the entire landform, there was hardly any significant attempt to draw in Qi from the external to the internal, coupled with the effect of the atrium versus air well, the internal Qi conduit was practically useless. Indeed strange for the master who was later known to have salvaged Publika and yet not using the knowhow to be applied here? Perhaps, he has not engage someone better to his rescue? Perhaps, he should also learn from Setiawalk, a workable model of SanYuan FengShui minus the pseudo WuChang School FlyingStar.
Entrance to the Mall is fashioned in a repelled formation. Not sure if it wants to repelled the Killing Qi arising from the main road that is already 10 feet sunken. Such not only facilitate the expelling of Qi, it also rendered the 'locking' of the Qi mouth obsolete. Much of the leftover Qi was drained in that fashion. At the point of visit, non of the shops on the upper level of the atrium open for business, a sheer sign of collapse and decay.
The entire site is receiving the Direct Spirit, ZhenShen water formation but sitting on an Indirect Spirit, LingShen formation. The first layer of YinYang is already in chaos. In terms of arranging the dragon, water is expelled to the sectors of ascending order while its incoming Qi remains unclear.
In general, this site is receiving GuaQi Dui expelling GuaQi Zhen. The complex is sitting Gen and facing Kun. In terms of Dragon, Mountain, Facing and Water, it forms a HeTu combination, yet it fails in a mega proportion. Shouldn't LiQi and LuanTou comes together?
In the FengShui school that we knew, there is no Compass and Form Schools. There is only One School with two different approach. One measuring the solids we called SanHe, while the other measuring the voids, we called SanYuan. Both at one point comes together, as in XieZi.
In the same school that we knew, we never start to measure things that is measurable. This is the worse mistake. We always start to observe YinYang. Landform gives us the best scenario of YinYang. Very much often it dictates how a building forms should take place.
Unlike the pseudo WuChang school, we do not need to fly any star and grossly fooled ourselves with numbers. What we need is to determined where is the 2 slices of ascending and descending order to allow us to set up our FengShui structure.
Only after fulfilling these requirement we need the compass to establish sitting and facing be it SanHe or SanYuan. Such conform to the Yi principles of one beget two, two beget three, three is the mother of a myriad things. There is no 'grasshopper' in that order of things. Everything follows a sequence.
Having this in mind, it would not be difficult to understand how Southgate failed miserably although it was FengShui-ed by the celebrity Young FengShui prodigy of Bolehland. It is not rocket science and it is definitely not correct door with miserable outcome, the pseudo WuChang style.
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