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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2019 Brock Smith

835203 Siavash Malek, Studio 19

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 role and can have a performative quality depending on how it is deployed. Explain how Diagram is different from Signs and Symbols?

As technology advances so does our interest and ability in the actuation of the virtual through Signs, Symbols and Diagrams Sign and symbols are material expressions of their object whereas diagrams mediate between physical constructs and concepts. The diagram is a tool that uses its reductive nature to describe relationships and prescribes performances in space and when a successful combination of descriptive elements synergise, a diagram can acurately represent sensations and affect.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

A detailed Site Plan provides a starting point for modelling. I began by extruding and sweeping the junctions between the pavilion and its site, including paths and floor surfaces.

A dimensioned wall frame detail provides a template which can be scaled up to 1:1 and modelled. Extruded timber frame sections are arrayed at prescribed regular intervals, creating a framework from which to sweep and extrude interior and exterior wall and roof claddings to create a modelled pavilion envelope.

Fig. 1. Offenbach, John. Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011, designed by Peter Zumthor, 2011. Archdaily, Accessed 10 March, 2019.

Fig. 2-4. Walter Herfst. Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011, designed by Peter Zumthor, 2011. Archdaily, Accessed 10 March, 2019. serpentine-gallery-pavilion2011-peter-zumthor.

Fig. 5. Birch, Amanda. Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011, by Peter Zumthor, 2011. BD Onlie. Accessed 10 March, 2019. www.bdonline. article


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.

The pavilion type provides a great case study for Hertzberger’s “In-Between” architecture as it does not prescribe an enclosed building envelope, therefore, allowing play between inside/outside, encouraging the blurring of thresholds and providing a context for the study of the space between things. In Zumthor’s Serpentine Pavilion activities such as circumnavigation and sitting are afforded through spacial planning in relation to the human body and the inclusion of suggestive surfaces, but never prescribed a particular activity directly. The cyclic geometry and width of the deck in the inner portion of the pavilion intuitively suggest dual movement, the flat, knee height surface against the wall suggusts sitting around the outside, leaving movement on the inside of the deck relating to the garden.


Week Two



Isometric aims to represent the spaciality and mood of the Serpentine Pavilion and the character of its dynamic relationship between garden, building and the spaces between. Juxtapositions arise through materiality, colour, texture, kight and treatment of thresholds. By peeling back the construction layers of the pavilion we can study the spaciality and mood of the corridor space, with its dark materiality, confined

dimensioning and restrictive concern for light, next to the more generous, dynamicly lit inner deck framing a bright, textural biological installment.


Week Two Diagrams

Mid Morning

Occupation Thresholds

Midday Circumnavigation Thresholds

Entry and Exit Thresholds

Mid Afternoon

Circulation Diagram

Occupation Diagram

Spacial Thresholds

Shadow Thresholds

The floor plan geometry and dimensioning of the pavilion create physial, visual and ambience thresholds and prescribe single file circulation and walkway disection to allow for pauses and affords circumnavigation of garden and pavilion envelope.

Throughout the day, pauses, stays and movement all increase on the side of the pavilion experiencing a dynamic microclimate of sunshine and shadow provided by the overhanging eaves and the moving sun, while in midday neutral shadow conditions produce aneutral occupation tendancies.


Diagrams Visual Connection Plan 1:200

Key: Pause Stay

Moving Sightlines

Visual Connection Section 1:100


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