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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2019 Dike Wang

(988029) Samuel Lalo Studio 17

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)

For signs and symbols, signs include icon and index, which the icon is direct representation of an object, and index is graphs that have selections then can be analysed. Symbol is opposite of icon, not direct represent the materiality or shape of objects, but work as representing indications or something. The difference of these from diagram is, diagram dont direct represent something, it is mediation between physical contrasts and concepts, work as communication of ideas and inspirasions.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Top-left: Tracing from top view. Top-right: extrusion and adjustment by elevasions. Left: Sweep2 and Softeditcrv

Barkow Leibinger. “Serpentine Summer House / Barkow Leibinger�. 23 June 2016 The difficulty of modeling Barkow Leibinger summer house is the irregular canopy, which is the top part of summer house, it requires reading of elevasions and understanding of change in space. There are a few ways to achieve this, but using Softedicrv command is more accurate than the others, by manipulating more control points.


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 suggests that “design object as an instrucment rather than apparatus“, because “the possibilities of all the things... will be more useful, more applicable, and so more suited to their purpose.“ Barkow Leibinger serpentine pavillion is way more complicated than a sunshade, but the varies curves, interesting canopy would attract passengers exploring within the threshold of canopy, and fluent seats adjoin “c“shape walls, these are kind of informal, with projecting of irregular shadows from irregular canopy. An interesting, habitable, explorative pavillion is provided.


Week Two


Isometric view with partial texture Choosing of this orientation is intended to show the road in a horizontal way, combining the structures to show visual clarity. Initially I try to texture the entire shadow on the ground, and the boundary of pavillion, but due to the size problem, it has to be fixed as the next image. But key texture difference showed how is the threshold happen on the site, with enough clarity to be identified.

Barkow Leibinger - Serpentine 2016

The key concept of Barkow Leibinger summer house is drawn from a pavillion by Williams Kent, which sit on the top of hill, higher than surrounding views, Barkow and Leibinger use the 360 degrees idea to build this summer house.

Isometric 1:50 0



And because of this is an 360 degrees opening pavillion, it does

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not have an formal entrence or exit. But threshold still exist, when passengers walk into the boundary on the ground, which correspond with the boundary of canopy, they will sense that they have walk into a different space. Seats, give habitable space for passengers, within the space under canopy, but differentiated by functions. Also shadow can be seen as threshold, the vertically arranged walls bring shadow in a dynamic way, like a real living tree, and these define space with shadow or space with light, people choose to stand in shadow or light, sit in shadow or light, or even both. The combining of these three thresholds give many possibilities for the passengers to choose.






Circulation 1:200


Thresholds 1:200


Week Two Diagrams

Threshold Diagram

Circulation Diagram

In my study of Barkow Leibinger summer house, I would like to define three main threshold, from top to bottom in the diagram, is the threshold of canopy, which connect with the soil land surround by grass, passengers would sense the differentiation easily. Second one is the seats, which are habitable, some people would sit and stay for a while. And the threshold of shadow, all these curve walls create varies shape of shadow and bring a very different experience.


In this diagram, the canopy structure kept to indicate the direction. Three symbols are used to describe three kinds of circulation behaviour, as arrowed line to show walk-through circulation; strengthened line to show explorative circulation, and circles show the people who stay. Additionally, using color to represent density of people , use another way to display where do people stay, and their dynamic movement as well.


Step 1: Tracing (Rhino)


Step 1- 0: Define what to trace By observing photographs of pavillion, differentiate parts to trace respectively. Establish different layers for further use.

Step 1-2 : Tracing seats and boundary. Noticing there is a boundary that correspond with shape of boundary, trace it for threshold work.

Step 1-4 : Tracing & modeling of canopy.

Step 1-3: Tracing c shape walls and three small canopies. These objects can be simple ectruded, therefore traced in this way.


The canopy’s variation is not only in the horizontal way, but also vertically. Tracing two lines seperately without joining, using Sweep2 command to model it by a cross-section, which can be indentified from elevasion. Another thing that need to be awared is,by following the elevation and plan, extrusions may get a result of collision, then you will need to come back and adjust tracing lines in an acceptable way to assure there is no major failure appeared.

Appendix Process Step 2: Extrude (Rhino)

Step 2-1 : command ExtrudeCrv Step 2-0 : Identify heights before extrude. It is very important to check the scale of image is correct. Use the existing scale.

Step 2-2 : command Sweep2 And the model completed :) 8



Step 3: Shreshold &Circulation (Illustrator, Rhino, Photoshop)

This is one of the diagram in circulation. After a few prototypes, and dicussion with freinds, one was using lines to represent passengers’ path, but multiple lines kind of mess the page; then I try to use rectagular shapes to draw a tree shape, different width of branches represent where do people go. But it gets too abstract and hard to be understood. Finally I choose to use these: arrowed line as walk-through circulation; strengthened line as explorative circulation; isometric circles as a stay circulation. Shadow play as an important character in the analysis of threshold, initially I want to show the dynamic property of the threshold of shadow, which can change by time. A diagram as above used to show the dynamic shadow, but eventually this isn’t in the final presentation, because the changing shadow does influence clarity of image, also it would affect the purpose of displaying all three thresholds that I identified.

Evaluation of diagram. Initial stage, I simply seperate the pavillion vertically to show the structure, and use color to differentiate each part. Then it appears that it’s unnecessary to show every single level of it, but mainly focus on how I want to represent the threshold or circulation, assuring the clarity and connection of parts of diagram.


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