Analysis of the Relationship Between form and Qi in Architectural Space
International Journal of Architecture, Arts and Applications
Volume 6, Issue 1, March 2020, Pages: 12-16
Received: Nov. 16, 2019; Accepted: Feb. 17, 2020; Published: Apr. 8, 2020
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Ni Jinwei, College of Architectural Engineering, Yunnan Agricultural University, Kunming, China
Yang Jiqing, College of Architectural Engineering, Yunnan Agricultural University, Kunming, China
Li Wancai, College of Architectural Engineering, Yunnan Agricultural University, Kunming, China
Lu Zhiyuan, College of Landscape and Horticulture, Yunnan Agricultural University, Kunming, China
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This paper discusses the concept and essence of "Qi" in Chinese traditional culture. It is considered that "Qi" is the source of all things, and "Qi" in architectural space is the unity of material, energy and information flow flowing and changing in architectural space. It is the basic condition and operation mechanism of life activities and events. Three main aspects of the influence of "form" on "Qi" of architectural space are put forward: air flow, sound field, sunlight and other radiation. This paper analyzes on the relationship between "Qi" and "form" in architectural space, and expounds the influence mechanism of space form on "Qi". The "forms" of space should be conducive to the harmony of Yin Qi and Yang Qi. Different "form" have different effects on the distribution of sound field energy and information in the space, and this difference can have a direct and significant impact on the user's personal feelings, that is, different "shapes" form different "Qi", so as to have a significant impact on the actual effect of the building space. The appropriate "forms" of the building can obtain the right amount of sunlight (visible light, infrared, ultraviolet), shield harmful rays and other high-speed flying objects. The space form follows the principle of "lucky Qi goes curve", which can play the role of shielding through layers of barriers. The architectural space full of "Qi" is the ideal living environment we pursue. The "forms" of architectural space can have an important influence on the generation of "Qi". Only when the building adopts the appropriate "forms", can it get the space that is really suitable for users, and form "Qi" in the space, so as to facilitate the harmonious coexistence of people and environment. The ultimate goal of architectural design and construction practice is to find and build places that can produce "Qi".
Architectural Space, Form, Qi, Building Atmosphere, Phenomenology
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Ni Jinwei, Yang Jiqing, Li Wancai, Lu Zhiyuan, Analysis of the Relationship Between form and Qi in Architectural Space, International Journal of Architecture, Arts and Applications. Vol. 6, No. 1, 2020, pp. 12-16. doi: 10.11648/j.ijaaa.20200601.12
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