Interview with designer Manuela Hardy (MH), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Magmarama Building, Mining Museum.

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Interview with Manuela Hardy at Monday 14th of April 2014: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
MH : The inspiration behind the design is sedimentology beeing a mining museum.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
MH : My main focus was having the Natural light to get into the building by angling the windowsurfaces the best way possible towards the sky.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
MH : To make my name known and to get to design many interesting New Projects.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
MH : About 1 year.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
MH : The inspiration came With the program and is orriginally an architectcompetition wich I did not participate in. It is my final diploma as an architect student.

DI: 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?
MH : My design is not being produced by another Company nor myself yet. I would like to sell the design to the right Company/person.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
MH : The urge to create somthing New.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
MH : I had a supervisor to help me. But the design and concept are mine.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
MH : Property Developers and Entrepreneurs.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
MH : The form and location.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
MH : The name comes from melted stone, magma. It also has the Word rama in it to describe the view wich has many angles.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
MH : In the beginning sketches by hand and models of clay and paper. Later on Archicads student Version and InDesign.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
MH : The 2 building structures and how they interact and the form of the building.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
MH : My supervisor S. Nielsen

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
MH : Sustainibility by using as much materials from the given location as possible. Also using the roof as solar panels.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
MH : I did Research in sedimentology and rock science.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
MH : How to Place the building relating to the surrounding Mountains.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
MH : The design got very good feedback from sensors at the exams, that why I wanted to share my work.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
MH : How to use sustainibility and the right materials for a Project, and using light in the best possible way to create a godd environment.

DI: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
MH : No.