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The Breathing House Dynamic Facade of Sliding Terraces by Joao Silva + Paola De Francesco

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Joao Silva + Paola De Francesco (JS) for A' Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Joao Silva + Paola De Francesco by clicking here. Access more information about the award winning design The Breathing House here.



Interview with Joao Silva + Paola De Francesco at Tuesday 1st of May 2018

FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
JS: The concept was based on the plot's positition, the last house on mulholand drive-california, having on the background the hollywood sign that was the base of the conceptual structure.

FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
JS: To develop a foreward thinking concept house adapted to the plot's brief with outstanding solutions regarding structure, ecosostainability and modularity of the layout to fill the owner's needs.

FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
JS: To develop a new way of thinking architecture. The haouse becomes not a static form but becomes a beeing that breathes and changes form in 24hours time.

FS: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
JS: 60 days

FS: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
JS: The competition asked participants to design a house of the future which demonstrates the use of innovative technology, integrative environmental strategies, and capitalizes on the iconic prominence of its site beneath the famed Hollywood sign.

FS: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
JS: For now its just an innovative concept.

FS: What made you design this particular type of work?
JS: we found the Archoutloud's International competition to design a house of the future was very appealing.

FS: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
JS: No, just Joao Silva and Paola De Francesco

FS: Who is the target customer for his design?
JS: Innovative enterprises

FS: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
JS: The concept is similar to a ‘treasure flower’, a south African plant that blooms in the morning and closes its petals at night.

FS: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
JS: It means that the house becomes a living beeing that breathes. Opens to the exterior and closes its shell like if it was breathing

FS: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
JS: Hand sketching, modelling in 3dstudio, photoshop and illustrator

FS: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
JS: The concept is similar to a ‘treasure flower’, a south African plant that blooms in the morning and closes its petals at night.

FS: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
JS: No, just Joao Silva and Paola De Francesco

FS: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
JS: Its a project that uses the newest techologies from the materials to engineering construction techniques

FS: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
JS: We did 360° degrees night and day research about the theme "housing"- from concept to the needs, from the past to the future, from its basis to evolution...

FS: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
JS: If a concept like that could be easily reproducted as a standard.

FS: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
JS: Because the architectural ideas competitions are a great mean of exposing new ways of thinking

FS: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
JS: That this concept its very versatile and can be adapted to every plot's shape.


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

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