Interview with designer paula werneck (pw), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design High-Rise Structures: Porto Rio De Janeiro Mixed Use Structure.

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Interview with paula werneck at Saturday 14th of April 2012: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
pw : To create a mixed use project exploring the relation between high-rise structures and pedestrians/ city and landscape.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
pw : Getting to know the main and specific aspect of a high-rise building. How it works and make it work out the landscape of Rio de Janeiro, wich it is always the main feature. In this case, the architecture turns into the main feature instead.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
pw : 5 months

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
pw : The decision came from a will of wanting to work with high-rises and this particular site of the city.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
pw : All the differents solutions and details for every part of the project. The mixed use is a challenge and without it the city won't work anymore. Working with high density projects is the present and the future . The fact that it is located in Rio de Janeiro, just makes it more difficult.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
pw : Yes. The architect Luiz Mario Xavier.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
pw : The avenue in wich the site is located and also the hole neighborhood will be occupied with high-rises up to 150 meters with an exagerated density. The project shows that it is possible to solve the demands with less built areas and preserve an architecture with concepts and principles.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
pw : It came up by exploring the main idea of the project. Working with high-rise structures in Rio de Janeiro.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
pw : Autocad , Rhinoceros and Adobe Photoshop.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
pw : Firs of all, the size and the different uses combining in one great structure. Also the specific details for the fa├žade , the skylight. Every detail was specifically design for this project.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
pw : No.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
pw : I couldn't exactly put into words everything that I've learned and how I've improved as an architect. There are so many aspects that goes from learning a new presentation technique to a major structure project like a high-rise building.