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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Anna-Lena Mueller (893736) Han Li + 16

Week One

Week One

Precedent Analysis

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?

On the left is an image I was given for my precedent study. Yhe original Libeskind Serpentine Pavillion from 2001.

A Diagram, in contrast to Symbols and Signs, is able to communicate complex, multilayered information. Any kind of Symbol or Sign relates to and represents an object as opposed to a Diagram. A Diagram is means of communicating how a space or maybe even an object is organised. In modern architecture, Diagrams open up new possibilities and dimensions of ideas instead of representing the existing world like Symbols and Signs.

The top smaller image shows the South elevation view of my Rhino model in render. The middle image is the same model in top view. The bottom image shows what I decided to model from the interior space. I considered the seating area as important becasue it is a collective element where people connect.

Eliasson, O., Thorsen, K., 2007: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007. Serpentine Gallery in Lars MĂźller

I almost simultanously created the 2D and 3D parts of the pavillion. The reason is that I had to switch around between the viws and look at the provided images to not get lost. Once a bases was there, I could start to adjust the angles of the panels. Lastly I focused on the areas where the building featured a floor and also added the communal tables.



Week Two

Week Two


Reading: Hertzberger H. 2005. The in-between and The Habitable Space Between Things, from Lessons for Students in Architecture.

Precedent Isonometric - Libeskind Serpentine Pavillon

Herzberger discusses how design should not be extreme in its functionality. Use your precedent study to explain how the pavilion allows for an appropriation of use.

This is an isonometric of my interpretation of the model ‘18 Turns’, originally designed by Daniel Libeskind. Iportant for me was to show how the whole pavillion could be unrolled in one piece. It is a piece of architectural origami. To communicate this, the aluminium surfaces that form the shapes were more important to show than the overall supporting structure.

The Serpentine Pavillion in 2001 by Libeskind has a very distinctive form, yet it is extremely flexible in its usage. It is not defined by one single function but rather simple. This is what Herzberg defines as ‘Extreme functionality’(p.177). That way the user/visitor can decide, how to use the space. The seating area can be used for small gatherings but also big events, where people can even sit outside on the grass and still hear and see through the large openings.

Summer Talks at the Pavillion. 2001. Retrieved from:



Week Two




These were the drawing I was giving to model and recreate the building in my own interpretation. They are quite blury, especially the plan. That is why the scale for the plan is taken out of ‘’. It is quite a complex and well designed structure and it took a lot of time just looking at all the pictures and figuring out how they are actually put together. Because in my opinion, the idea is to create movement and fluidity throughout the shape. Everything is one. This is why it was hard to capture such an organic construct.

ICirculation Diagram

Threshold Diagramm

Due to the shape of the pavillion and the fact that there are several different opening, people can circulate the building in many different ways. Most of the cross the ‘hall’ area with seatings and tables, this is the main circulation area.

The pavillion features several entrees/exits and the shifting walls also create different thresholds. The diagram simplefies the transition from threshold (green) to clear interior and community (red) also the borders are hard to distinguish.







It took a lot of just drawing curves in Rhino and connecting and moving them while checking with the original drawings.

These are just a few images that show my research path for this module. I looked at the construction process, as seen in the first picture. The little model on the bottom left helped me a lot to get my head around the connection between the surfaces.

Below are my attemps of extracting the key geometry to find circulation pathes and thresholds. That was when I realised that the border between threshold and contact with the interior is actually not clearly defined, caused by the organic shape of the building. Inside and out, Public and private are not clearly defined in this cas and very subjective. Where do people connect and come in contact? My diagram represents this undefined transition.


And I also looked at documentaries and interviews that talked about the Libeskind Pavillion.


March 2018

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