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New Apple HQ – Beginning of the Decline? A feng shui Analysis

Apple Inc has just applied for planning permission for a new headquarters in their home town of Cupertino, California. It is said to be like a space ship or a doughnut. It is 4 floors high, with a floor area of 3 million sq ft and a capacity of 12,000 people working there. There will not be a straight piece of glass and has an expected move-in date of 2015.
It is huge!

Steve Jobs present proposal to Cupercino City Council

What would the new building do for Apple Inc? Would it be an indicator for a change or new era?

I have previously stated that technology companies are one hit wonders with the exception of Apple Inc under the leadership of Steve Jobs.

Secondly, I have commented previously on circular buildings, particularly
the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking is a circular building. Circular buildings have inherent problems – their work gets delayed and can encounter misfortune or bad luck.

For McLaren, at the start of 2011 Formula 1 season, they did not appear to get the car working properly in the March testing session in Spain. It was by sheer hard work that they had reliable and fast cars in for the Australian Grand Prix in 27th March. They were extremely fortunate that the Bahrain Event scheduled for 13th March was called off.

Apple, with Steve Jobs at the helm, at their headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA. has always been the forerunner in the technology field. These buildings are more or less “standard” or regular shaped building ringed by the “Infinite loop” road.
Feng Shui perspective of the Doughnut building

1. Circular buildings –
Delays in the work.
To be a leader in this field, there is the need to work smart, hard and fast.

Can Apple overcome the inherent “delay” problems in the building and retain the technological leadership?

2. The centre of the building is open. There is no heart to the building.
This is particularly important for Apple Inc. Apple does not market their products directly, they market their soul or their philosophy which is challenging the status quo and being able think differently. That is why Apple can sell not only computers but other products like music, music players which no other company computer can.

This message of their philosophy will be affected.

3. Moving to a new building is always fraught with risk as shown by

a. British Airways

b. Abbey National Bank
· Old building.

· New building.

Everything in Nature is based on Cycles. Will we see a change in the change in the technological leadership of Apple after they move to their new “doughtnut” headquarters?

Proposed New Apple HQ in Silicon Valley
Proposed New Apple HQ in Silicon Valley

Madame Tussauds in London. A feng shui analysis.

Madame Tussauds in London
Madame Tussauds building in London

The Madame Tussauds wax museum in London which started in 1883, has consistently been in the top 10 London tourist attractions.

Since I have been living in London and have frequently passed this building in Marylebone Road near Baker Street. There has always been queues of people waiting to get into this tourist attraction and a number of waiting tourist buses parked nearby. I have always wondered why people would come to this tourist attraction of wax figures of celebrities. Every person has their own individual preferences.

Madame Tussaud was taught by Dr Phillippe Curtius, a physician skilled in wax modelling in Bern, Switzerland. Her first wax figure was Voltaire in 1777. This was followed by creating the models of other famous figures of the time which included Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Benjamin Franklin. She came to London in 1802 to show her wax figures but she was unable to return to France because of the Napoleonic wars. She then took a series of short leases in Baker Street Bazaar. This was an exhibition of famous people like Horatio Nelson and Sir Walter Scott. In 1883 because of the restricted space of the Baker Street site, the museum moved to the present site in Marylebone Road. This became a great success.

This business has since grown to a major tourist attraction and has branches in many parts of the world including Amsterdam, Bangkok, Hollywood, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, New York City, Shanghai, Sydney, Vienna and Washington DC.

The Marylebone Road Site

Google Earth Image of Madame Tussauds in London
Google Earth Image of Madame Tussauds in London. Regents Parks is to the North of the building.

The building is located at the junction of Park Road and Marylebone Road. Park Road is one of the road surrounding Regents Park. The entrances to the building are marked A and B in the Google Earth image.

Initially, I could not understand the feng shui of the property but then it occurred to me was that the energy coming down Park Road was reflected off the buildings across Marylebone Road. The door at B is receiving this energy. As mentioned previously, Regents Park has is a reservoir of energy.

Park Road collects the energy from Regents Park and the energy moves in a southern direction towards Marylebone Road. When it reaches the junction, it hits the buildings across the road and this energy reflects across the Marylebone Road. It is fortuitous that Madame Tussauds building has a door at the furthest end from the junction and readily collects this reflected energy.

Had the door been nearer towards the junction, it would not receive as much of the reflected energy. The door at B is at the ideal position to receive this reflected energy. The door at A would also receives the energy coming down Park Road but it would be in the slip stream in the path of the moving energy.

Conclusion: Madame Tussauds has consistently been in London’s top 10 tourist attractions for decades. The building Madame Tussauds is located in receives plenty of energy from Regents Park. This energy contributes towards the success of this Tourist Attraction.

In the practise of feng shui, the more energy the building receives, this helps in the contribution of the success of the business.

(c) Copyright – Dr Michael Oon. All Rights Reserved Worldwide 2012.

Tokyo Diner in the heart of London’s Chinatown for 20 years. A feng shui analysis.

Tokyo Diner at the Heart of London's Chinatown
Tokyo Diner at the Heart of London’s Chinatown. This restaurant has been in this location for 20 years. It is quite a feat. It is a story of success.

A Japanese Restaurant in the middle on London’s Chinatown in Soho for the past 20 years. The owner, Richard Hills is not Japanese by origin by a Japanophile at heart!. I have seen it at the corner of Newport Place and Lisle Street/Little Newport Street and took it for granted but, after hearing that it has been at that corner for what can be considered a life time, I thought that I should look at the location of the restaurant relative to the energy flows in Chinatown using the methods of traditional feng shui.

London’s Chinatown in Soho has recently had a constant churn in the tenants in the restaurants. It could be because of insufficient business for the asking rent or the owners had just enough. This churn or changing of ownership is a constant feature along Gerrard Street and Lisle Street in the 21st Century. The Tokyo Diner has being there for 20 years. This is quite a feat. Gone are the days where you could set up a restaurant and the owner would be able to do good business or literally print money. This was in the 1980s where Chinese Restaurants were relatively scarce. It is different nowadays as there is a surfeit of restaurateurs wanting to set up shop in Chinatown. However, with this increased competition, prices are relatively low and the quality has suffered. The Chinese food cognoscenti have moved to other localities like Queensway for a different quality of authentic Chinese food. The Chinese restaurants are now servicing the tourist visitor.

Google Earth image of Tokyo Diner in the heart of London's Chinatown
Google Earth image of Tokyo Diner (marked A)in the heart of London’s Chinatown. It is at a corner of a junction, ideal for fast food restaurants or coffee shops.

Tokyo Diner is at a “T” junction of Newport Place coming into Lisle Street. The energy coming down from Newport Place (from the North) mixes with the energy flow from Lisle Street (West) . A consequence of this energy mix, energy at 45 degrees to either Lisle Street and Newport Place will come through. The Door of Tokyo Diner is there to accept this energy. This configuration is known as Pai Lung (White Dragon).

I have always seen Tokyo Diner busy, it is rarely empty. There are other examples of coffee shops or fast food restaurants located near to road junctions and they are extremely busy. I have written a series of posts on the location of coffee shops. However, the restaurant of outside this “zone”, it will not reap the benefit of the energy from the junction. If fact, restaurants in these locations are known to change owners regularly.

The Tokyo Diner in feng shui terms, is classed as a “fast food restaurant” or a coffee shop. It is the Pai Long energy that makes work on this class of restaurant or coffee shop.

Previous blogs on coffee shops or fast food restaurants

1. Selecting the location of a Coffee shop

2. Selecting the location of a Coffee shop – part 2

3. Selecting the location of a Coffee shop – Starbucks coffee – part 3

(c) Copyright – Dr Michael Oon. All Rights Reserved Worldwide 2012.