Interview with designer Qun Wen (QW), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design The Curtain Sales Office.

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Interview with Qun Wen at Sunday 22nd of April 2018: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
QW : The idea behind the design is to capture the essence of traditional Chinese architecture by engaging new technology and materials.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
QW : The main focus of this work is to make this project a showcase to reshape our cultural self-confidence.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
QW : The award is a big encouragement about the direction we are moving on. We will make this award winning design more exposed to help our practice in design and business development.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
QW : About 3 month.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
QW : This design was commissioned.

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?
QW : No.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
QW : We are professional architects.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
QW : We have worked with our client and landscape architect closely to make sure we get the best outcome.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
QW : Sunac, one of the largest developers in China.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
QW : We tried to develop a new direction towards translating the traditional Chinese culture with modern approach.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
QW : We used the metal mesh as the key material and it appears like a curtain.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
QW : Autocad and Rhino.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
QW : A secondary sustainable translucent skin made out of metal mesh.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
QW : We worked with curtain wall consultant and lighting consultant.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
QW : The steel structure makes the feel of lightness possible.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
QW : We did research regarding the energy saving by the metal mesh as secondary skin.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
QW : The challenge is that the building will be converted into a kindergarten after the use as a sales office.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
QW : We want this unique project to be recognized and get more exposed.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
QW : We have learned a lot of knowledge about the metal mesh.

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