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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2019 Callum Furey

995443 Jun Han Foong, Studio 6

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?

As signs and symbols are part of the formal representation of dynamic objects, it is defined by Zeara-Polo that the diagrams in the world of design are used as “a tool that describes relationships and prescribes performances in space” and hence “always has a spatial correlation” (pg239). Thus, this denotes that signs and symbols do not have rational and material relationship with contents and form as the primary task of symbolic or signifying operations is to mediate between “cultural and subjective representations” (pg239). Hence, ZearaPolo concludes that diagrams assist with conceptualisation of what is beyond the understanding of our reality.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Elevation (above) Parallel view (above left) Top/Plan (left)

When modelling this pavillion it was imperative to detail each component on an individual layer as to allow for specific detailing of each piece throughout the process. The pavilion was modelled in four part being the timer ground plane, carbon rods, rib structure and the semi transparent glass petal canopy. All these components when brought together as one singular form create a very fluid and dynamic space that leaves the use to be interpreted by the user.


Week Two

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

Hertzberger 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.

Due to its canopy like form and it’s simply finished internal space, the AMA MPavillion 2015 allows for the intuition and interpretation of the user to dictate the activity that takes place within. This knowingly or unknowingly follows the design principle that Hertzberger denotes in his piece, Lessons for Students of Architecture, as the AMA MPavillion is designed much like an instrument, hence allowing for adaptation of use within and around the space. The tree like construction provides a reference to prehistoric natural design principles where as architects of the past utilised merely the canopy of a large tree to create many forms of internal space and use. Hence, drawing on these factors the AMA MPavillion allows for versatility of use and is not over-engineered to be built for a specific task, adhering to Hertzberger’s notion of The Habitable Space Between Things.


Week Two Isometric

AMA MPavillion 2015 This isometric view is taken from the south east viewpoint of my model and details how all the components of the design seamlessly join to make a cohesive form. The tessellating timber ground provides the base for the pavillion and the carbon fibre rods erected from the base plane give the pavillion structure and hold up the petal like canopy. Then upon the rods is a rib structure that is fused to the semi transparent glass petals that combine to form the shelter of the pavillion. Initially modelling this form was very challenging as it was hard to discern what piece was what from the low resolution plan views given and maintaining the precision of the petal pieces so that they would fit together in a puzzle like fashion. However after working between illustrator and rhino I achieved the desired outcome by forming one perfect petal piece and duplicating and rotation the form to create the full canopy. Throughout the modelling process I began to understand how the circulation patterns through the space may be influenced by the design as I extruded each rod individually. Further I gained an understanding of how a threshold between spaces can be very fluid and not dictated by a sharp juxtaposition of space.


Week Two Diagrams



As this pavilion has no designated entry or exit points it is up to the intuition and pure choice of the users as to how they move in and out of the open space. Once having entered the internal space beneath the canopy the circulation pattern of the users is dictated by the poles, giving many different references as to how one could move through the area, as seen by the potentially weaving or straight and direct

Since this pavilion mimics the AMA’s intent to create a space based on the idea of trees, foliage and a contemporary canopy the threshold of the area is very dynamic and fluid, much like that of the shade of a tree. Hence you can see this blurred boundary on the diagram where the apparent transition from external to internal environment would occur, this could be thought of as the “in-between” in reference

lines of movement on the diagram.

to Hertzberger’s text.



This is the final single petal unit that I developed to use to duplicate and create the canopy design

Here I have duplicated, rotated and overlapped the single petal form to create the full plan for the canopy, this includes both the semi transparent glass layer and the rib structure

I then extruded the petals to give them a thickness of 20mm so that I would have large enough line weights when producing the final drawing. I also used the command planarsrf to create solid surfaces across the canopy

I then took the petals and moved them up and down to match the elevation given for the pavilion and further enhance the transparent nature of the canopy. Further I extruded the circular units of the rib structure to create the carbon fibre rods that support the canopy

Then, I created the tessellating timber ground plane and incorporated it into the design to complete the pavilion modelling

To finish I exploded the model to allow for generation of circulation and threshold diagrams when exported to illustrator. All further work to produce finalised diagrams was executed in illustrator to create pdf forms with correct line weights


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