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Well-rounded approach of Maharishi Vastu design appreciated at London's Ecobuild exhibition
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2 April 2012
At the recent Ecobuild exhibition in London, the world's leading event for sustainable design, construction, and the built environment, proponents of Maharishi Vastu architecture highlighted the ecological aspects of the UK-located Maharishi Garden Village.
Maharishi Garden Village in Rendlesham, Suffolk, England, in addition to being built according to the Natural Law–based principles of Vastu, was also designed with great emphasis on natural materials and natural beauty.
John Renwick, a Vastu Consultant in the United Kingdom, spoke about the Vastu exhibit at Ecobuild and about the unique characteristics of Maharishi Garden Village.
'It's in an area of outstanding natural beauty . . . surrounded by forest, and the sea is not far away.'
The houses themselves are designed to be in tune with their surroundings.
Mr Renwick said, 'The planners insisted on natural building materials, which is very much in tune with laws of nature and in tune with our thinking. So all the houses have clay roof tiles; largely they're either fired bricks or they're rendered. There's a lot of timber, there's very little PVC in the houses.'
In addition, Mr Renwick added, 'The houses all have a certain amount of eco points, a certain number of things like natural building materials, non-toxic paint, low electromagnetic wiring, low water use . . . so that the water used goes back into the ground immediately.'
The houses in Maharishi Garden Village have other sustainable design features including the use of rainwater, recycling, and photovoltaics.
Despite the prominence of eco design aspects, the focus of the development was mainly on Vastu, said Mr Renwick.
He added that this approach was appreciated at the Ecobuild exhibition.
'We found there was a clear understanding, a lot of sympathy with the idea that eco houses could be beautifully designed; it doesn't have to be that just because it's eco you forget about the design and focus on the materials.
'There's a rounded approach with Maharishi Vastu where you think about the materials and the design in a harmonious whole, [thinking in terms of] absolute beauty and harmony.'
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