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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2019 Darcy Moorfield (996748) Tony Yu + Studio 03

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)

A symbol is a form that expresses values or qualities. For example a smiley face emoji, :), is a symbol that represents happiness, its physical appearance represents an emotion and can be used to give a positive tonality to a message. A symbol does not, however have any relationship to a specific physical context, it does not describe any relationship or performance in a space. What does take this role is the diagram. The diagram is a describes a space at an organisational level, it describes the relationships and performances in a specific physical context.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Top left- Drawing up plans in rhino in top view. The drawing process helped me visualise and understand the structure. Top right- Modeling the main mass of the building and the three elipsoids. Left- Boolean out the interior spaces and roughly model the ground plane for context.

The precident images where confusing at first, the meeting points of the interior spaces where dificult to get my head around however after close analysis of the plans and elevations I was able to better understand the geometries involved. I used the dimmensions tool to excatly re-create the plan in Rhino giving me the basic spaes to extrude and then boolean. The precident images where used throught the process as a visual reference for the accuracy and scale of my modeling.


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)

Hertzberger emphasises in his text “The in-between and The Habitable Space Between Things, from Lessons for Students in Architecture” that as a designers we are to create spaces with the potential for a wide variety of functional interpretations. He refers to it as “accommodating potential” which essentially means creating forms that give people options and encourages them to occupy and use space in a variety of ways. This design principle is evident in Aires Mateus in its vague interior forms. The different sized ellipsoid rooms are not arranged, shaped or connected like conventional spaces, giving its visitors an opportunity to interpret how they will circulate and occupy these interior domes.


Week Two


RADIX- Aires Mateus To model my pavilion I drew up the plans in Rhino and extruded the main geometries. The main mass of the building was a simple rectangular prism with ellipsoid domes subtracted from it, to do this I used the Boolean tool. In interpreting the precedent images and modelling my pavilion I was able to see the structure and how it was developed in greater detail. In understanding the scale of the spaces and how they are connected and arranged I was able to make assumptions on how the space was occupied and explored. I think the key concept behind the design was to adapt the domes and arches of the structures ancient context into a contemporary from. This allows the modern structure to work, visually, in its environment. The thresholds are defoned by the individual dome spaces and the smaller connecting passageways. Circulation would be mostly in and out of these domes through the main entrance however some may move between them via the internal , lower thresholds.


Week Two Diagrams



A diagram showing the circulation and occupation through the three distinct spaces in the pavilion. The lines map potential circulation paths while the shapes reveal occupation and potential behaviour in the space.

A diagram revealing the entry and exit points throughout the pavilion. The darker the colour the less accessible the threshold. The top image shows how the thresholds affect the overall accessibility to the different spaces.




AnalysisThe first spet was to analyse and interpret the precident images and plans to understand the structure.

ModelingUsing The plans and elevations i then modeled the pavillion on Rhino.


Appendix Process

Make 2DI then made several linework copies of the model to improt into illustrator and begin my diagrams. I made multiple variations so I could experiment and find the best one for what i was trying to communicate.

IllustratorThe linework from rhino was then adjusted to get some readable drawings. I experimented with live paint, shapes lines, and colours to find a way of getting my ideas across visually.




IndesignFinally all my drawings get imported into in design for page layout.


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