Interview with designer Rafael Hintersteiner (RH), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Saint Francis Chapel Room of Meditation.

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Interview with Rafael Hintersteiner at Sunday 22nd of April 2012: DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
RH : I wanted to create a room which is open for everyone at anytime.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
RH : I hope that many people will visit the chapel and find a place where they can pray.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
RH : The first imput was in 2008 and last year in October the building was finished.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
RH : The idea to design a chapel was born during a trip in Umbria/Italy where I visited Assisi, the hometown of Saint Francis.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
RH : First I studied the life of Saint Francis. What was important for him and then I tried to translate this into my design.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
RH : I don't know. For me it was important to create a room where Saint Francis could work.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
RH : I was working with models all the time cause there I could see the proportions best.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
RH : Hmm... I had the chance to visit Assisi. I knew, how the life of Saint Francis look like. This was an important moment.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
RH : I had a professor at University who helped me with technical answers. He is really a great person.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
RH : I served apprenticeship as a joiner at my parents company and at school in Hallstatt. I see architecture from the eyes of a joiner.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
RH : I had clear ideas for all the details of the chapel. Sometimes it was not easy to convince professionals but I always tried to give my best, successfully.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
RH : My friends told me that I should have a try and I thought, why not?

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
RH : I made a lot of mistakes, but I always tried to see it positive - so I was able to improve.

DI: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
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