Interview with designer Sarit Shani Hay (SS), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design The Seven Species Educational Center For Kids.

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Interview with Sarit Shani Hay at Wednesday 1st of January 2014: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
SS : The design program was intended to create a compound of six kindergartens for children aged 3-6, where each functions as an independent unit with its own identity, and together they form an educational space offering a friendly, informal environment. The design theme was inspired by the location of the compound and the history of Kfar Shemaryahu, originally an agricultural community, hence the agricultural motifs at the core of the concept.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
SS : The space design took into account both the pedagogical needs and the desire to promote a friendly playful setting which offers hands-on activity and a lasting experience. The concept was founded on the urbanization process undergone by Kfar Shemaryahu in recent years, which led to its losing some of its rural nature, hence the desire to connect the children to the rustic roots of the place. The interior and furniture were designed with particular focus on natural wood and natural materials, promotes creativity and freedom.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
SS : I hope to spread my design philosophy worldwide and to raise the awareness of the importance of the environment in which children grow up in.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
SS : Work on the project took some 24 months, and included preparing a design program for the entire complex in general and for each kindergarten in specific, from development of the concept which relates to the space on the macro level to each and every detail and nuance concerning furniture and upholstery, specifically designed and manufactured for each space.

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?
SS : The unique design concept was especially developed for this project. Each space has its own arrangement with site-specific custom-made furniture.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
SS : The compound's title, "The Seven Species", was derived from the bible symbolizing the fertility of the land. Each kindergarten is signified by their names: Olive (Zayit), Palm (Tamar), Pomegranate (Rimon), Wheat (Hita), Fig (Te’ena) and Vine (Gefen). Each distinctive character served as a design code: color scheme, components and graphic motifs.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
SS : The design process was carried out through using computer applications, 2d and 3d drawings, as well as experimenting with objects modeling before production.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
SS : . The construction of the custom-made furniture and objects was made with the most advanced CNC technologies.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
SS : The kindergarten design was carried out through profound dialogue with Shoshani Architects and the local council, following observation of the kindergarten children and in collaboration with pedagogues and educators.