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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Jingtong Zhang

893216 Siavash Malek Studio 18

Week One

Reading: Zeara Polo, A. 2010. Between Ideas and Matters.

According to Zeara-Polo, the diagram does not play a representational role in the design process but provides an organisational and can have a performative quality depending on how it is deployed. Explain how Diagram is different from Signs and Symbols? (100 words Maximum)

According to the reading, we could know that the diagram is to describe relationships and prescribe the performances of space, it can be traced to semiotics and realize an ideal instrument for the production of the virtual. In signs and symbols, the relationship between form and contant is totally arbitrary and immaterial but a diagram is usually specific to a space, it always has a spatial correlation.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Libeskind, Daniel. Eighteen Turns, 2001, Aluminium and timber. Kensington Gardens, London. To initially begin modelling the structure of the Libeskind pavilion, I first traced the elevation to cut out the wall shapes then give them extusion, then compared with the plan view to construct model. I worked from the plan first, using different layers to create each component of the structure separately. A comprehensive collection of reference photographs was utilised to intuitively approximate wall angles and roof placements.


Week Two

Reading: Hertzberger H. 2005. The in-between and The Habitable Space Between Things, from Lessons for Students in Architecture. Herzberger discuss how design should not be extreme in its functionality. Use your precedent study to explain how the pavilion allows for an appropriation of use. (100 words Maximum)

The Libeskind pavilion was designed with the minimalist shape, it looks like the folden appearence. The pavilion allows enclosure and pasageway for visitiors. The protective roof eaves allows the space to be used in the outdoor space despite weather conditions. AS Herzberger pointed on the essay, the architcture design is flexible and that allowes the user to interpret its function with greater autonomy. The building extends its usable space through built in ledges that can accommodate individuals wanting to sit or to hold an ogject.


Week Two


LIBESKIND SERPENTINE PAVILION Libeskind serpentine pavilion was designed by Daniel Libeskind in 2001. The building was based on the concept of an origami figure. This created an angular panel structure that seemingly folds over itself, forming overlapping spaces. The aluminum structure functions as a lecture theatre, cafe and gallery party venue. The reflective quality of the material aimed to mirror the surrounding green space and the Serpentine Gallery itself. Through modelling it was noticed that the structure is comprised entirely of interlocking threshold, it is composed of intersecting irregular prisms with open faces that create less formal openings for physical and visual access.


Week Two Diagrams



Circulation Diagram

Threshold Diagram

This diagram expresses the movement within the structure. The orange circle highlights the circumanbulation movement and direction of the structure. There is no typical entries in this pavilion, so access is gained through the gaps in the structure. The lines cross through the ground are show routes to take around the pavilion to visit it.

The pavilion is defined into four clear spaces. I utilised two different structures(permeable and impermeable structure) to convey how the reflective space of the pavilion causes the different structure define how the space is used.




Due to the poor quality of the provided plan and elevations, visualising the pavilion proved difficult. And i found the unfolden plan from the website in accident, it was help me to clearly understanding where the surfaces look like. In order to gain a clearer understanding of the three dimensional structure, i tried to build the simply extuding walls up from the plan. Following this, i traced the elevation to cut out the wall shapes.


Appendix Process

Joined the surfaces together and first attempt to modelling the pavilion in Rehino.




In order to model the complex geometry of the pavilion, I used Grasshopper to make a parametrically malleable. Screenshot three different structures of the pavilion.


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