Andy Tan-The Past Residential House

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Interview with Andy Tan : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Andy Tan : Inspired by the simple life in the past, I want to recreate my memory and bring out the essence of the raw materials that were used to build houses back then. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Andy Tan : I want to recreate a part of Singapore's past and showcase it on an international stage. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Andy Tan : Hopefully, this concept can inspire other designers (of other countries) to share a part of their country's tradition as well. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Andy Tan : A month. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Andy Tan : My client and I were reminiscing about the olden days, when the idea strike me, and I decided to put my thoughts into action. .Frank Scott: 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?. Andy Tan : I have no intention of selling this concept away. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Andy Tan : One have to live through it to be able to fully understand the essence of it. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Andy Tan : No. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Andy Tan : The usage of materials that were used in the olden days of Singapore's housing and the layout design of the space. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Andy Tan : The Past, affectionately known as "The Old School", is a representation of memories that has been hidden away or nearly forgotten. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Andy Tan : 3D Max, Autocad, and not forgetting the traditional method of drawing with a pencil and ruler. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Andy Tan : The finishes. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Andy Tan : No. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Andy Tan : The use of 3D visual gives an outline of the finished project. .Frank Scott: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?. Andy Tan : No. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Andy Tan : Some of the materials and items have to be improvised for practical usage and easy maintenance. Accessories have to be carefully selected to blend in with the concept without looking too modernized. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Andy Tan : After receiving overwhelming responses from our customers as well as the local media, I decided to bring this design to the next step, which is international recognition. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Andy Tan : Apart from pushing my creativity to another level, I also learnt what it means to have items of sentimental values. .

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