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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Student Name

Anson Ong Michael Mack + Studio Number 5

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)

The performance of a diagram depends on how they are deployed as they sometimes relate to mere organizational of space and matter and at times produces sensations and affects. A diagram is specific to a place, has a specific location, scale, temporal frame but it always has spatial correlation. This is very different to signs and symbols as a sign represents the relationship between the form and content that is totally arbitrary and immaterial. A symbol is a sign that refers to its dynamic object through a formal representation.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Utilising the images that were provided, a general outline of the model was done. The elevations were used to construct the sides according to their specific angle and heights. The plan was then used to align the shapes into their specific orientation. All of the above was done with the visual aid of field pictures from the pavilion constructed in 2001.


Week Two

Reading: Hertzberger H. 2005. The in-between and The Habitable Space Between Things, from Lessons for Students in Architecture. 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. (100 words Maximum)

Herzberger gauges his audience by introducing the idea of having a “loose” design which allows for irregularities. The serpentine pavilion designed by Libeskind in 2001 gauges the idea of a loose design. The pavilion was designed without a specific function in mind. There are many ways to interpret the space designed by Libeskind. For example, it could very well be a sheltered café with alfresco dining around it. It could function as a gallery or even just an open space for the public to interact with one another.


Week Two


Eighteen Turns

The Eighteen turns was a Serpentine Pavilion constructed in 2001 which was designed by Libeskind. The main idea of the design was that “The first panel rises from ground level, forming a natural arch and ‘folds’ into the next section, which ‘folds’ into the next, until the final arch and last panel return to the ground level. The structure, with walls, floor and roof, creates a continuous spiral that moves across the ground creating labyrinths and viewing panels from within the structure.” This model was constructed to show the design intentions of the multiple thresholds that occur throughout the structure and that there is no particular way of exploring it as the “tunnel” that was designed guides its audience throughout the structure regardless of the entrance and exit they use.


Week Two Diagrams

Structure Diagram

Circulation Diagram

This diagram allows was done in a way that allows the reader to truely understand the breakdown of the design and how it was constructed.

This design outlines the multiple pathways that can be taken from to explore the structure.




1. The boundary box of the site was created. 3. The outline of the model was created using the reference pictures.

1. The boundary box of the site was created.

4. The outline of the model was made into panels in Rhino.

2. Reference pictures were aligned with the boundary box and traced.


Appendix Process

The panels were each given a 40mm thickness.

I-beams were created in Rhino with the larges being 200mm and smallest of 100mm. The bracings were done with the visual aid of the photos from the Serpentine Gallery.




Line Weights and final editing was done in Adobe Illustrator. The external texture of the panels were also done in Adobe Illustrator.


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