Interview with designer Masahiko Sato (MS), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design I3-House [ Modeling On The Hill ] Residential House.

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Interview with Masahiko Sato at Friday 22nd of April 2016: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
MS : The communication between family member.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
MS : The keyword for I3-House "molding at the top of the hill" design was the natural features of the site itself, they are "wind" and "cliff"

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
MS : To be able to do similar work outside japan.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
MS : 4 months.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
MS : Its just happen and born naturally as a product of my way of thinking.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
MS : The site surrounded by elementary , junior high schools and parks around it, eventhough the site is facing public road it is surprisingly a quiet place to live. In addition, typoons are often occurred in Miyazaki, also annual rainfall here is recorded to be relatively high compared to other areas in the country

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
MS : No

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
MS : I3-House「Modeling on the hill」was planned in the residential area at the top of the hill of Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
MS : The sense of openness in living room and the preservation of conventional japanese wood construction.

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

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
MS : It has important role especially in design development to supervision phase.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
MS : As we proceed with the design, it was necessary to consider legal restrictions and regulation regarding the cliff on southeast part, and also to take account for wind loads from sea direction.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
MS : We won some a bronze and silver award last year so we are feel very confident and motivated to achieve higher prize this year as our goal.