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House Beautiful: The gift of constraint
by Grania Litwin

Times Colonist (Canada)    Translate This Article
18 April 2013

On 22 April 2013 Times Colonist reported: Far above the folksy, bucolic, yacht-filled harbour and bustle of weekend markets on Saltspring Island,* a house sits perched on a rock in the crystalline air, embraced by tall evergreens, mossy outcrops and a view you'd expect to see in a painting. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of culture.

It's the home of Vincent and Maggie Argiro, natives of the United States who had heard about the friendly island and decided to build a remarkable retirement home there.

Based on an ancient form of Indian architecture—called Maharishi Sthapatya Veda, or vastu—the home is designed to increase occupants' health and happiness.

It certainly feels calming and harmonious the moment you enter through the lotus flower gate, cross a lavender-edged terrace and step into the two-storey glass foyer.

The L-shaped building is reflected in an L-shaped pool, and the entire house is oriented to the cardinal directions. Light floods into every room from east and west, through interior and exterior windows, as well as skylights—perhaps one reason the house is supposed to boost clarity and creative thinking.

''A vastu house is said to be a fortune-creating house too,'' said Vincent,* who seems pretty creative already. . . .

In the couple's home, everything from orientation and proportion to property slope and relationship to nearby bodies of water is governed by vastu design. . . .

[The Argiros] love the island and their peaceful new house. ''It's as if there are no walls, no ceilings,'' said Maggie. ''You feel that nothing stands between you and nature.''

Click here to read the full article online at, including a two-minute video tour of the Argiro home.

* Also known as Salt Spring Island, located off the coast of British Columbia in western Canada.

** Author Grania Litwin describes Mr Argiro as 'a world leader in three-dimensional, advanced visualization software design'.

For more information on Maharishi Sthapatya Veda (Vastu) architecture, visit: and Maharishi Sthapatya Veda.

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