Some methods of Feng Shui use the front door to establish the orientation of a building and then determine remedies to correct or enhance energies. As an example, Black Sect (also known as BTB) orients the Bagua’s career area at the front door (or mouth chi). Varying approaches are confusing but especially when it comes to multi-floor buildings such as apartments and high-rises.
There are four generally-accepted approaches to determine sitting and facing directions:
- The facing direction is determined by the facing direction of the building regardless of where an apartment or internal door faces (like into a hallway which makes the door face the building’s side wall). As an example, if the building faces East, everything in the building faces East.
- The facing direction is determined by the main entrance of the building regardless of whether it faces a road or another building. As an example, the main entrance enters from the parking lot on the East side but the building itself looks South.
- The facing direction of an apartment or room is where the door faces regardless of how the building is oriented. As an example, the apartment door faces North but the building faces East. In this approach, it’s believed that energy that enters from the stairs or elevator is brought into the apartment through the apartment door.
- The facing direction of a building is determined by the side having the grandest view (most windows). In this approach, it’s believed the sunlight determines how energy enters.
Which is the correct? Well, let’s explore different types of buildings:
A traditional apartment building consists of five or fewer floors. Typically rental units are two or more on a floor and overlook a parking lot. In this case, the facing direction would likely be the facing direction of the building itself.
For multi-floor complexes such as high-rise buildings, determining the facing direction can be tricky. It’s likely that apartments and office suites have different facing directions than the building itself. To make this more complex, sometimes the building has a grand entrance or foyer with elevators facing a busy road that does not have the same facing direction as the building.
Feng Shui is about understanding your environment which starts with the geography. Buildings are man’s impact to Mother Earth, so they may or may not determine the facing direction. Start by observing your surroundings and the source of chi (or energy). Let me explain:
- A building may have a parking lot at the entrance, but the drive comes off a side road. However, the building has a busy road on another side. The busy road determines the source of yang (active) energy. This is its facing direction.
- A house may be on a secluded street and face the road, but a busy golf course at its rear has most of the activity. The golf course is its facing direction.
- A high-rise overlooks a busy street and the back of the building is on the ocean. Oceans are always in motion so it becomes the yang area and facing direction.
If it’s still unclear, you can usually determine the facing direction of an apartment building by walking around it. Locate the side with windows and the most exposed view. Which direction would you generally face when you are sitting in the apartment? Normally the living room has the best view.
Determining the correct facing direction (and thus the sitting direction) is crucial to an accurate reading of the building, and understanding energy patterns inside it. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Our building faces north 1as maximum windows are in north. Entrance to the building is in south. My apartment is on the 13th floor of the building. However the entrance to the apartment faces west 1.
In north there is a small lane. Not very busy. But the living room has a big window in the north. Even one of the bedrooms has a big window in the north. From the window we can see a playground which is behind the lane in the north
Question is- will facing direction of apartment be north as per windows or west as per entrance to the apartment unit?
For residences, the structure’s facing direction is determined by yang, then sitting is yin. In other words, facing is determined by where the most energy exists albeit grandest view, traffic, large water feature, noise, etc.. A way to test this — yang is opposite of yin (least active area, least traffic, least noise, etc.). The energy of the building supercedes the energy of an apartment, meaning the energy of the quadrant (or direction) of the building let’s you know overall trends. Apply remedies to mitigate negative trends. Then if you want to take your apartment’s remedies to the next level, apply the bagua. Ensure the bagua doesn’t overwrite what the building needs. Hope that helps. Thank you for leaving a comment.
I’m very confused about the direction of apartments, I hope you can clarify this for me please.
The entrance of the building I believe is east, I’m on the second floor, and I believe the door to my apt faces east, and my balcony looks on to the west.
Can you please tell me what direction I’m in?
Hello Marisa, If you are asking what is the facing side of the building — it is where the most yang energy is. In other words, the most traffic or loudest noise resides. Determining the yang of the building supersedes the entrance for a residential structure. If you are instead asking about your specific apartment, use a compass or ask someone to help you who knows how to read a compass. Stand in front of the apartment door (your back to the door) and take a compass reading. If the door is metal, stand at least six feet away from it (or any metal object). Hope that helps. Thank you for writing! ~Diana
For the first time, I am in a multi unit building in the city. The front entrance of the building is not the one I usually use though it is on an active street, both vehicle and walking traffic. 33degrees NE
The door to my 1st floor loft faces 144degrees SE with a long narrow entrance hall that opens into my living/sleeping/eating area. There are two very large warehouse windows facing 292degrees NW also facing a street full of vibrant activity both foot and vehicular traffic. I take this to be the yang area as I cannot see the front of the building.
Where in this space is most suitable for my altar? Thank you for what you do.
Hi Deb, Thank you so much for writing. It’s awesome that you know how to use a compass, which leads me to the question … are you using true North (GPS on phone or other device) or magnetic North (magnetic compass). They don’t read the same. The difference is called declination. If you start out on a hike using GPS and loose signal and switch to a magnetic compass, you won’t end up in the same place. Anyway, I need to know more than compass directions … like when the building was constructed. Those two datapoints determine the flying star layout which then reveals which directions are empowered and which are not. That will help you determine where to place your altar. The energy of the building is the primary factor, then where your loft within the building. If you are interested in a consult, let me know; AND thank you for following me! All the best, Diana