Sacred Geometry with Michael
Rice From Ireland
Interview with Michael Rice, faculty member San Francisco School of
Dan Winter, Michael Rice and Roger Green have been
teachers and sponsors of conferences around the world,
including recently in Mexico City and Budapest, and within
the last 7 conferences sponsored by Roger Green with
the concepts of BIOLOGICAL ARCHITECTURE. To read more, visit:
The following pictures are from Michael Rice's recent construction
creation in Ireland.
Q - Are we completely mad to consider a curvy roundy house design!?
A - yes, probably! However, in an insane world, the consideration of
something different to the accepted norm will always appear 'mad'. But
wonderful twist of logic this weird consideration is oftentimes the more
option! Indeed many people believe that the best way to create a truely
sustainable beautiful life is to look closely at the norm and then go
and do the
Q - are the principles of biological architecture real or just some
passing offshoot of the green design fad?
A - what is real is how nature uses shapes, forms, ratios, patterns and
geometries to create and support life and all living systems. Many
experiments have being done to show how seed germination is dramatically
enhanced under conditions based on bio architecture principles. There
also abundant anecdotal evidence supporting this understanding, in the
of very positive feedback from the builders and occupants of spaces built
these principles. We prefer to think of our approach as 'full spectrum
rather than limiting it to just the colour green!
Q - will building one of these homes cost much more than a more
A - a very good question! Many people understandably assume that
stepping away from the established norm automatically increases the cost.
What we have found many times is that the cost tends to be in the region
10 to 30% more expensive. However, in many cases this increase was
directly attributable to a client choice of finishes rather than the
of construction. Ultimately, the end product can save money in terms
running costs as well as doctor bills!
Q - how will I find builders to even quote for my house?
A - without exception and with startling examples, we have found that
attracts 'like'. This means that when one commits to following ones dream
Universe happily jumps on board for the ride!
We understand that from a left brain logical perspective this approach
sound like some new age wu wu... But when one understands the true
operating systems and processes of life then one soon realises that it
not be any other way.
Many builders and craftsmen / women who have no experience of creating
these forms and spaces rise to the occasion quite enthusiastically. There
many 'short cuts' that can be shown to facilitate the building process,
indeed the timeless use of a string / compass, the human eye and a good
spirit level can do remarkable work on site.
Many times we see examples of where initially nervous trades folk come
back on site in the evening and weekends to finish work on their own
good sign to be sure!
Trust is an essential ingredient in this process, and allowing for folk
with the tide' is a valuable factor. Heart base pride in being part of
special is a wonderful motivator and enthusiasm is a quality that can
Q - how will standard furniture fit into these shapes?
A - anyone who is familiar with Feng Shui (the Chinese Art and Science
Placement) knows that the first thing to do when seeking to optimise
in a space is to free up the flow of energy. Oftentimes this requires
placement of furniture to create a curvy space enclosure. Many of these
designs ARE the curve that is being sought and so the building IS the
Most of the wall curves are quite gentle and standard furniture fits
against them. Similarly, the curves often offer lovely opportunities
design features, such as a feature alcove or bed head shelf for books
Q - there are so many design options!... How do I know which design is
best for me?
A - A pragmatic and well thought out brief of needs and wants is important
any decision process. However, we prefer to engage the infinitely more
knowledgeable faculties of the heart! Our first impressions, when coupled
with sometimes-subtle feelings or tingles of excitement can often be
The shapes, forms, ratios and numerical patterns all have specific feelings,
both physiological and psychological - for example geometry based on
cube, the triangle / tetra or the hex can create feelings of enclosure
or indeed safety. Conversely, pent based geometries are about distribution,
sharing and movement. Ultimately you will get exactly what you need!
Q - most of the projects on the gallery page seem to be timber frame,
I have to build with wood or can I use other materials?
A - there are many levels to this answer. On the surface, it makes sense
use materials that are easily available, affordable and good to work
most of the Irish projects that have been completed, timber, sourced
Canada, has proven very successful and versatile. Straw bale, mud brick,
rammed earth and other natural materials and methods have proved fantastic
From a strict Bio Architectural perspective it is possible to be quite
about the specific hierarchy of 'sacredness' of a specific building material
terms of its ability to be a natural capacitor. A comprehensive chart
this information is available on www.goldenmean.info/architecture
For example, close grain hardwoods are wonderful, as the harmonic
inclusiveness of a living tree maintains the memory of how to hold charge
life force. Similarly, gold is a wonderful metal to build with.... But
can be a tad
Aluminium and steel are not recommended for living spaces as their charge
fields are literally the opposite of what life requires.
Q - what effects, if any, can I expect from living in these spaces?
A - at a human level there are as many answers
to this question as there are
people! Overall the response to these spaces, from start to finish,
is overwhelmingly positive. Because we design for optimal solar
movement of energy, these homes tend to be cheaper to heat and keep.
terms of the building process itself folk describe it as being hugely
and remarkably easy, despite general expectations and projections.
>From a physical health perspective many people have reported a definite
strengthening of their immune system resulting in less illness and
In two notable examples, folk who had active diagnoses of stage four
recovered their health fully. Several couples, who had been told medically
that they could not have children all became pregnant!
These are of course rather extreme examples and do not in themselves
constitute proof of anything, but do give rise to very interesting
possibilities. Others report a fine-tuning or general upgrade in their relationships
family and friends. This is certainly consistent with what we understand
living systems and how increased electrical fractality entrains a smoother
presentation of form - or in other words, a less stress existence!
Many people report that everyday they grow more in love with their
space and say how their homes support them on so many levels.
We believe, after literally hundreds of examples of very positive feedback,
that these spaces optimise life and the living of it.
Q - how will I get planning permission/building
permit from the council for such an unusal design?
A - we would have an above average success rate with attaining planning
permission / permits compared to other more conventional designs. As
of the forms, shapes and constructs are pure principle people who perceive
them tend to be attracted to them, without actually knowing why in many
A lot depends on the eventual presentation and the clarity and elegance
which the design and its siting are imbued.
Q - will I be able to easily insure my house?
A - there should be no reason 'why not' here. It is the forms and shapes
are perhaps more unusual, not the building materials themselves. I have
heard of any difficulty to date.
Q - will I be able to secure a loan from my bank?
A - this very much depends on your individual circumstances, but a design,
which is inherently and timelessly beautiful, will always hold and build
Q - I read the description of Bio Architecture and to be honest most
the concepts and language was beyond me!.... In a few simple
sentences how would you define the advantages of buying and building
one of these designs?
A- we actively sought not to dumb down the information
about Bio Architecture - nor to over intellectualise it. Staying
with scientific terminology
is useful as it is a language of rigour and clarity.
But in simple terms I would say that Biological Architecture is based
pure principle set of natural operations. In essence, Mother Nature
uses certain geometries, shapes, forms, ratios and growth patterns
to create life
and living sustainable systems.
We in turn use these patterns to design and create fractal harmonic
spaces, which are measurably more supportive of biology and life.
As most of us
spend the majority of our lives indoors, the implications for how
we live, eat,
sleep, make love, give birth and even die in these spaces are considerable.
It's a win win!
Q - many of the designs feel quite complete in form. How might I extend
in time without affecting the geometric 'purity' of the original form?
A - quite often the geometric matrix, which gives rise to the plan, can
effortlessly extend itself to incorporate new spaces without compromising
integrity of the original. Sometimes the building of a separate space
house the extension in a harmonic of the base pattern. Much is possible.
Q - if I make changes to the wall positions or the height of the walls
during construction will I mess up the design!?
A - I would not advocate becoming a slave to the geometry, as living
quite often morph and explore new expression, especially as they emerge
and unfold. However, the opportunity exists to maintain the geometric
as much as possible to ensure a smooth fractal flow from space to space.
If walls need to move then they should do so in the direction of least
Q - how can i make amendments or alterations to a design such as
making the overall size smaller or larger?
A - we offer a custom service to adjust / amend an existing design. This
cost for this added service is generally 50% on top of the base price,
/ less based on an agreement.
Q - can the same principles be used to design larger buildings, or
collections of buildings?
A - of course, these pure creative principles operate fully at all levels
the sub atomic dimensions of string theory to the arrangement and flow
patterns of entire galaxies! So we find over and over again that scale
profane, ratio is all...... Size doesn't matter after all!!
Q - can the house design be used to inform the design of the landscape
around the house?
A - absolutely, and doing so measurably increases the energetic context
richness of the entire land holding, which in turn cheers the Earth Grid
end! It also facilitates a wonderful template for possibilities in terms
placement of water features, labyrinths, standing stones and other grid
Q - is it possible to use the same 'generative matrix pattern' to design
our furniture and other finishes?
A - of course, and as with the house informing the design of the landscape,
we can use the same base harmonic to design resonant furniture as well
providing a blueprint for placement of light fittings, openings etc.
We eventually intend to form partnerships with artists and craftspeople
Africa, India and South America who will offer paintings, jewellery,
hangings and sculpture, which will be in harmony geometrically with the
A wonderful house-warming present!
Q - how do these shapes and forms affect the energy of the land?
A - very positively. We have direct experience of the entire energy condition
of the land forming a rose like symmetry when the building is first laid
and sometimes before!
This has the effect of removing geopathic stress as well as increasing
overall charge density of the land holding. The elemental forces of the
absolutely love these designs and come out to party at every opportunity!
Q - is ritual important during the building stage?
A - ritual, when performed with love, imagination and enthusiasm, is
appropriate and very recommended. These beautiful events mark the nodes
of growth and emergence and provide a wonderful nest for us to share
distribute our memory - embedding us in the perspective of the land.
another description of HOME!
Q - what affect will the usual design have on the resale value?
A - beauty is timeless and value will always ride that wave.
Q - what are, if any, the hidden costs that might emerge with this form
A - people can sometimes end up spending more on finishes because they
love the emergent space so much!...
Q - I am not in a position to build anew..... What can I do with my
existing space to make it more holistic?
A - there are many options here, and perhaps you could use some of the
designs as inspiration to work with you own architect?
Q - are other architects/designers working
with these principles?
A - very few, but the number is growing rapidly! Recently we presented
Mexico where 300 architects and designers attended and left much more
knowledgeable and enthused. There is nothing as unstoppable as an idea
whose time has come!
Can you imagine a time when architects fees are based solely on how much
life force their buildings can hold?! And the knowledge of how to design
build a natural capacitor is the first thing taught and learned in schools
architecture? (Or medical colleges for that matter!)
Q - give me an example of how I can introduce biologic architecture
simply - to a sceptical and or non-technical friend?
A - biologic
architecture is based around the new science that shows that all living
things actually grow and thrive better in an electric field, which is
fractal, or rose like - created by materials which themselves were at
time part of biology. The science word for this 'fractal field' which
causes DNA to grow better is called 'phase conjugate dielectric'- but
simply means waves 'conjure' up life when they can meet each other in
rose like patterns.
So what old feng shui called 'chi' is now something
science can recognize as
an electric field - which dramatically affects all health and growth.
this means - we limit steel and aluminium and synthetic materials,
make careful plans to place your living space on magnetic lines and
fit this rose like and growth giving pattern. In effect we now know
healthy living spaces actually need to look like, and have the material
(which turns out to be measurable) of roses, ferns, pinecones, and
etc. These shapes and materials make life force- precisely because
rose like and fractal internal and external geometry. The life giving
feeling you get when you enter a classic sacred space (almost never
happens inside steel or aluminium- but does happen inside biologic
material structures) - is now something we can build as a real science!
August 2008 Newsletter from www.fengshuiseminars.com